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usage of the word "reason"

 
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hereinchina



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:15 pm    Post subject: usage of the word "reason" Reply with quote

Hello,
I'm confused about the usage of the word "reason". In sentences number one and two, do I need to use the word "a", or are the sentences grammatically correct both ways? Also, is sentence number three grammatically correct?
1. My boss fired me without "a" reason.
2. I have "a" good reason for hating you.
3. My boss fired me for no reason.
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to work these out for yourself if you consult a few ELT dictionaries. I'd suggest starting with the Oxford Advanced Learner's (available for free online) in this case, although the Longman DOCE, Cambridge ALD, Macmillan ED, and Merriam-Webster Learner's are obviously all worth a look too.
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hereinchina



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:34 pm    Post subject: Thank you Reply with quote

Hello,
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
Best wishes
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