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I don’t understand why wariness, abstract and uncountable, did take article “a” before it? screen shot of the source

  • there was a wariness in her tone.
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    It's an optional article. It would be grammatical with or without the "a". – J.R. Jan 5 '18 at 19:47
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    I was taught that with uncountable abstract noun we can’t put article unless it turned to be specific rather than in general. @J.R. – Bavyan Yaldo Jan 5 '18 at 19:52
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    @BavyanYaldo This is really a literary device. Although "wariness" is an abstract noun, by putting the article before it, the author is giving the sense that this is a specific and perhaps particularly notable wariness. – Canadian Yankee Jan 5 '18 at 20:18
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    I agree with Canadian Yankee. This was written this way for style and to evince a specific or notable wariness. – Nick Jan 5 '18 at 20:31
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    @CanadianYankee - I might paraphrase it like this: "There was a [certain] wariness in her tone." – J.R. Jan 5 '18 at 20:47

The indefinite article can be used to refer to slight quality or tendency, something just beginning to show itself or showing itself only slightly, or to a quality which is difficult to name or pin down, either because it is a mixture of things or ephemeral in nature.

There was an excitement in her voice.

She was not bubbling over with excitement, but a degree of excitement was present and detectable.

There was a certain something in her voice, but I can't say just what it was.

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