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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]".

rostor April 10, 2003, 11:13am

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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".

rostor April 10, 2003, 10:55am

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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".

rostor April 10, 2003, 10:44am

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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".

rostor April 10, 2003, 10:18am

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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.

rostor April 10, 2003, 10:15am

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