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I am wondering if it is correct to replace,

Learning English Language: A New Policy For Using Ell.stackexchange

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Learning English Language: New Policy For Using Ell.stackexchange

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    No, it has to stay. But also: Learning English: A New X for Y. or Learning the English Language: A New X for Y. //scientific paper?? I wonder if you can call a policy paper a scientific paper...[Generally, we answer "it's fine to (whatever), but we don't use it to ask a question as in "is it fine to"] – Lambie Aug 30 at 19:51
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  • The Comero book does not have a colon. It is a two-line title. It has a title and a subtitle and therefore an article is not needed. Also here you could do the title like this: New Policy for Using X, but not without an A if it comes after the colon. – Lambie Aug 30 at 20:40
  • @Lambie I don't know if we see the same thing on this page or this page – Eddie Kal Aug 30 at 20:49
  • @EddieKal Her book does not contain colon. It is a title and sub-title without a colon. I'm done here. Too tiring to repeat myself over and over. Her actual book, not the booksellers' titles for her book. Look at her book cover. Hers, not theirs. – Lambie Aug 30 at 21:04
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"Policy" can be either count or non-count. Omitting "A" suggests the non-count meaning a category of principles, guidelines, plans and rules. Including "A" suggests the countable meaning "A document expressing policy, or a collection of principles etc. that are sufficiently aligned to be viewed as a singular thing.

Policy should not be developed in a vacuum (non-count)

We have been developing policies to deal with cheating. (count)

In this case, it doesn't really matter much. If this policy is expressed in the document then it is "A policy".

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  • policy as non-count is not a collection of stuff. It is a category. Policy is something institutions have to deal with, for example. – Lambie Aug 30 at 21:42
  • @Lambie "The policy we have written here has always taken into account the interests of all affected parties." "Policy" is not a collective signifier here?? – BadZen Aug 30 at 23:00
  • yes, category is a better word – James K Aug 31 at 5:46

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