A: You should learn to control your son.

B: Oh yeah? And you should have learned how to drive ((a) car). Then you wouldn't be a bitter man clinging to a walker.

It certainly doesn't have many hits on Google, but would it be very unidiomatically to include "a car" or just "car" here?

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    We certainly would not leave out the article 'a' and usually, "learn to drive" implicitly refers to a car, or it is obvious from the context. When said on a golf course, the context might inform that it's about the strokes you make. – Weather Vane Jan 15 at 12:16
  • Please tell us the source of the quote. It sounds like a move scene. – James K Jan 15 at 20:48
  • I wrote it myself. – derikar11 Jan 15 at 22:14

It would be probably more idiomatic to leave out 'a car' entirely. 'Learning to drive' implies a car, same as 'learning to fly' implies a plane, rather than flapping your arms ;)

You don't even need the 'how' in there. Just 'learned to drive' would be sufficient.

Your line is conversational, it's terse, it's combative. The fewer words, the more angry it sounds too.

Oh yeah? And you should have learned to drive.

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