modifying "panoply"

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Some grammar references prohibit modifying "panoply" with an article because it is uncountable/undividable, but it is oft used that way and sounds correct with the article. I notice Grammarly does not flag the use of an article with "panoply."

Another noun always preceded with an article is "assortment," yet it is also uncountable/undividable.

Have I long been incorrectly modifying these nouns?

I notice Grammarly did not flag the use of an article with "panoply."

What say you all?

See example:

There is a panoply of reasons not to do so.
asked Jun 23 '11 at 14:09 Frederick Cieri New member

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Frederick, 

 

My impression is that you can use it both with and without.  The common use now is with the article 'a', based on hits when searching the word online.  The key here is that these words 'panoply' and 'assortment' have come to take the meaning of a group or unit, hence the use of an article.

 

Kim

link comment answered Jun 24 '11 at 14:50 Kimberly Expert

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