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What's the difference between "much of" and much of "a/an"?

For example:

Not much of India is barren.

You can’t see much of a country in a week.

I would like to know the difference(s) between "much of" and "much of a/an", if there are any.

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The word India is a proper noun, that's why we can't use the indefinite article a/an before it (with some very rare exceptions).

The word country is a singular countable noun, that's why we must use either an indefinite or definite article before it: either a/an or the.

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