great ability/abilities

  • Pertinax

    Senior Member
    BrE->AuE
    They say different things. If there is one thing that he is really good at, use (1). If there are many things which he excels in, use (2). Also, (1) would normally be followed by a description of the thing which he is good at ("a great ability to ...").
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    And if he is generally a very capable person, then #1 without the "a" would be right; this is using ability as an uncountable noun.
     
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