a meaning difference between "an agreement" and "agreement"


According to defintions by all dictionaries, there is a meaning difference between "an agreement" and "agreement", but to my ears and in my native language, there is not meaning difference, so I am really confused still.


[COUNTABLE] an arrangement or decision about what to do, made by two or more people, groups, or organizations

 Management announced that it had reached an agreement with the unions.


[UNCOUNTABLE] the situation when people have the same opinion or have made the same decision about something

 The committee finally reached agreement on two important issues.



Could you clear up my confusion again?


Thank you so much as usual in advance.

edited Feb 18 '14 at 14:48 Hans Contributor

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When you use an article before 'agreement', it's a countable noun because you are talking about one agreement.  There may be more than one item within the agreement, but the agreement itself is considered one entity.

The agreement was signed by both parties.

An agreement was reached.


Without the article, you can think of it as the state or condition of the relationship between or among the parties involved. 

The council was in agreement over the proposal.


The meanings are related, but the use with an article is more specific.

link comment edited Feb 18 '14 at 17:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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