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As titled, I've seen the phrases like ''from childhood", "since childhood" leave out articles or possessive pronouns.

Are there any reasons?

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    "Childhood" is an abstract non-count noun here used indefinitely, so no article is required. But that doesn't mean that it can't take genitive pronouns as a definite determiner, e.g. "... from/since my childhood". – BillJ Dec 24 '17 at 15:32
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Well, in this case, childhood represents a state of being and is not something that can be quantified. In a sense, it's kind of like a mass noun and mass nouns, as you probably know, don't take indefinite articles. For example: He is 27 years of age. You wouldn't say 27 years of the age or 27 years of an age, would you? We're not talking about a particular age, but rather about age as a general concept of how much time in years a person has lived so far.

  • Can I say from my childhood,instead? – dan Dec 24 '17 at 13:40
  • Sure you can. For example: I can't remember anything from my childhood. – Michael Rybkin Dec 24 '17 at 14:14

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