What's the correct form? A native English speaker told me it should be "to order a delivery."

However, "to order delivery" has more hits on Google Books.

Example sentence:

Speaking of food, could you order (a) delivery? I'm still hungry.

Another similar example (I think):

I don't have (an) appetite for them

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It could be:

Speaking of food, could you order a delivery.

where delivery is a noun. Or:

Speaking of food, could you order delivery (pizza).

where delivery is an adjective modifying an unspoken noun.

But this doesn't apply to your second example, unless you can come up with an example using appetite as an adjective modifying a noun not needing an article. So as written (an) is needed.

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