I came across a sentence in an online dictionary:

[R]ather, it should be used to convey the idea of powerful, dramatic consequence.

Why is it not the idea of a powerful, dramatic consequence? According to Macmillan Dictionary, consequence is a count noun. Shouldn't it be preceded by an indefinite article?

  • I did not see that on the click-through page. That said, you can say in English: that x is of consequence or x is of no consequence. Consequence can be viewed as an abstract noun like happiness, etc. It also says that. of consequence, no s. [something weird just happened, I could have sworn you had a link, which I clicked on and now I cannot find the link. Hmm]
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 17:27

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Consequence has another definition which is noncountable. From the Merriam Webster dictionary

[noncount] formal : importance or value

He was a man of consequence. [=he was an important man]

The outcome of the election will be of little consequence (to me). [=will not matter much to me]

The style you choose is of no consequence.

Your quote above is using this definition.

  • Very true. Well said.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 17:46

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