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  • April 10, 2003, 3:13pm

Simply put, "It has value" is qualitative, as in "valuable".

"It has a value" is NOT quantitative, it's simpler than that: "It has a value" can only be interpreted as "It has a number [associated with it]".


  • April 10, 2003, 2:55pm

When saying "I have a..." you are referring to something you are in posession of, whether tangible (I have a shirt) or intangible (I have an idea) that can exist in singular or plural form (shirts, ideas). Then the "a" refers to "one".

In this context, the word control is a concept (i.e.: the ability to control) rather than the noun "control" (e.g.: the mechanical device that controls). As such, you simply say "I have full control".

A Few Too Few

  • April 10, 2003, 2:44pm

Why focus on people? Maybe inanimate objects might offer some fresh perspective.

"A few tables were placed in the banquet hall, but few of the guests dared sit at them."

I would tend to say that "a few" refers to "a small number of"... while "few" means "less than expected".

In and of itself

  • April 10, 2003, 2:18pm

Perhaps it means that it isn't evil, whether observed from within or without. I see an internal vs. external reference in "in and of".

Fried Chicken

  • April 10, 2003, 2:15pm

I think it's more simple than all of these explanations.

While it's in original animal form (whether dead, live, boiled, fried, hanging in the window of a chinese barbecue shop or otherwise) it is pluralized. (Look mom, I've got 2 boiled chickens!)

When referring to the meat, it's simply chicken.