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I was reading an article about the difference of empathy and sympathy. But it started with a sentence, "The terms empathy and sympathy are often confused, and with good reason." Why is that there's no "a" after "with"?

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Reason here is not countable. It's similar to saying something like this:

He's a good worker, with good skill.

We're not talking about skill in the sense of a specific skill, but just saying there's an abundance of a certain quality of skill, which isn't countable.

Similarly, in the example, we're not talking about reason in the sense of a specific reason, but just saying there's an abundance of a certain quality of reason, which isn't countable. Reason when used this way means rational or done in a manner that makes sense.

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  • Do you have any tip to know the other words that can also be used this way?
    – Xyenz
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 12:16
  • If you can say "how much X" you can use the word this way.
    – LawrenceC
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 23:18
  • I can replace X with any word.
    – Xyenz
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 9:46
  • Is it okay to say: how much illusion did we make?
    – Xyenz
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 9:59
  • Sounds a little clumsy but not terrible. How much of an illusion sounds better.
    – LawrenceC
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 14:33

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