Which of the following is correct:

Every child should have access to a robust education

Every child should have an access to a robust education

Every child should have an access to robust education

Every child should have access to robust education

  • Thanks for your comments. However, is access used in this sentence as a verb or noun. Also regarding robust education, maybe a rich education may be better. Basically, I wanted to say an education that is comprehensive.
    – Mo Wilson
    Nov 6, 2017 at 13:36
  • Hi Mo, "access" here is used as a noun. What should every child have? "Access to a robust education," "parents who are supportive," "books to read on their own," etc. An article is needed when we say, for instance, "a laptop computer," "a sense of safety at home and at school," or "a good breakfast every day." Here the article is correctly placed before "a robust education." I hope this helps. Articles are difficult, so don't be discouraged! Nov 6, 2017 at 13:48

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This one is a little tricky. To my ear as a native speaker, "Every child should have access to a robust education" sounds correct.

You probably mean "access" here as an uncountable noun. That is, you aren't talking about one access versus two accesses, but rather about access as a general idea. So it does not take an article. "Every child should have access ..."

"Robust education" is more debatable. My intuition is that each child is getting one education, the education of that child, and not accessing education in general. Thus I'd say "to a robust education". But it would be equally arguable that children are getting access to education in general, so "to robust education" is also correct.

I struggle a bit saying why it is general access but a specific education. I think the answer to that is that a child could have many attempts to access education spread over a period of time. But when he's done, he only got one education.


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