"Local port authority sends out anti-pollution craft in case there is any escape of oil."


I read a sentance on a slide. I just wonder why the nounphrases "Local port authority" and "anti-pollution craft" are without puting any article before them, or showing plural "s" after them?

asked Dec 25 '13 at 09:25 starocean111 New member

Understand.Thank you very mcuh, Sanjay.

starocean111Dec 25 '13 at 10:27

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No articles are used when we speak things in general.

link comment answered Dec 25 '13 at 10:21 Sanjay Expert

Normally, there would be an article or some sort of determiner before both.  When writing for a headline or caption some words are often deleted for brevity.  They are also usually written in the present tense, even though it happened in the past. 


When craft means a ship or some sort of vessel, the plural is craft

When craft means an art or skill, the plural is crafts

link comment answered Dec 25 '13 at 11:23 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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