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what the role of indefinite article in this phrase :

He went into a rage!

The indefinite article doesn't make sense here what if we eliminate it from the sentence?

edit: it doesn't make sense to me because rage for me is a mental state and "a" for me is equal to one.. "one rage" doesn't make sense.

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  • Could you please edit your question to explain why the indefinite article does not make sense?
    – Andrew
    Jul 6, 2019 at 16:54
  • @Andrew just did it! tnx.
    – r0ck
    Jul 6, 2019 at 20:42

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Merriam-Webster's first two definitions for "rage" are:

1a "violent and uncontrolled anger" (meaning the emotion in general)

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1b "a fit of violent wrath" (a "fit" being a behavior caused by an instance of that emotion, an episode of angry behavior)

If you mean to use "rage" using its second definition (telling about the person's behavior, that he had an anger-tantrum, or a "fit" of violent anger), you would use the article and say, "He went into a rage."

The sentence without the article,"He went into rage.", would not be as common. Grammatically, it is OK, but it doesn't sound 100% idiomatic, mainly because there is a common expression, "to fly into a rage." So if you say "He went into rage." it sounds like a mis-statement of that expression, and we tend to hear it as a language error.

You could however discuss his emotional rage (1st definiton, no article) by saying something like,

His emotion turned into rage.

His mood became one of rage.

He began to experience rage.

He went from calm happiness to rage in an instant.

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