Noun phrase without an article

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I typed this sentence "Without hope, I cannot live in or accept the present because it is either too terrible or I will fear losing it." and my Grammerly  Lite told me I should write "the hope" or "a hope." I know I have written this correctly, but I don't know why it is right. How would I explain this to someone else (particularly in an ESL situation)?

 

This is wierd! I rewrote my paragraph and, although I kept that sentence exactly the same, it no longer shows the error message. ...And then, it showed again. I'm confused.

 

And why doesn't the Grammerly Lite work here?  !!

nouns exceptions edited Mar 13 '13 at 20:59 Faith New member

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It is telling you to use an article because it thinks you are talking about a specific hope. But you're not. You are talking about the uncountable version of the noun which never requires an article or pluralization when talking in general.

link edited Mar 14 '13 at 02:26 Danielle Minkler Contributor

Yes, that is the explanation I couldn't remember. Thank you.

Glad to see the edit. It didn't come in the e-mail and I was worried for a bit. It's good to know even the grammar sticklers have typos, sometimes. :)

FaithMar 17 '13 at 21:05

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