What is difference if I say "a partial" or "partial" and which is correct in the following sentence: "Students will only recieve PARTIAL/A PARTIAL credit for correct answers that are not written as complete sentences."

asked Oct 31 '13 at 16:24 Fuad Hirad New member

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This would be worded without the article.  If the sentence was only talking about one answer, then there would be a (singular) partial credit.  But in this context, the potential partial credit is uncountable.  We just know that it will be some amount.  An uncountable noun does not use the indefinite article. 

link comment answered Oct 31 '13 at 18:09 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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