there is often great time lag

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Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
So a $50 dinner today would have cost you $5 in 1950. Of course, while there is often great time lag in the relationship, economists rationalize “modest” inflation as acceptable since wages also tend to rise along with the price of goods.
(The New Human Rights Movement; Peter Joseph)

Would you be so kind as to explain to me the absence of 'a' before 'great time lag'?

  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I would have added "a", but "lag" can be used as an uncountable noun, particularly in a technical context. Even so, it does not sound right here and I think it is a mistake.
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