article usage - make a/0 profit

Allegro molto

Senior Member

A. Put it this way: if we don't make a profit, we're out of a job.
B. It is possible for telephone companies to make profit without charging unreasonable rates.
(from dictionaries)

Why is the indefinite article used in A and not used in B?
I supposed.
In A, the period of the activity of making a profit is assumed, i.e. from when to when, while in B, it is not assumed.

Thank you
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