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I have noticed there are some cases where there is an indefinite article in front of a plural noun. For example, I have stumbled upon these two sentences:

Although we have a ways to go, let’s pause to summarize what we have accomplished so far.

In a way that will necessarily be incomplete and inaccurate since we don’t have a full 12 weeks to devote to the electromagnetism.

What is the general rule here?

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    No 'rule' applies. 'A ways' is US/American informal regional dialect for 'a way'. In the second sentence 'a full 12 weeks' is treated as a singular time period, like a full day, week, month, year, etc. – Michael Harvey Jan 18 at 10:35

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