“It’s not a big part, but it’s a nice little part,” he said. “I got involved in the Mayberry thing over 20 years ago. I met the Howell brothers about three years ago at Mayberry Days in Mt. Airy, N.C., and we became good friends. After Stark Howell made his first trip to Mt. Airy, after a week of spending with us he said ‘I think I have an idea for movie script’. A few months later he gave me a call and said ‘check your email’. He’d sent me a script for ‘Mayberry Misdemeanor’, which because ‘Mayberry Man’.


The a is missing before movie script.

I used ChatGPT and it said that for informal speech omitting 'a' at any time is always acceptable, but is this really the case? It sounds plausible, but I am not sure, because I rarely hear people omit the 'a' when they talk. It always sounds like a mistake when I hear it.

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    That's a mistake, probably just a typo.
    – James K
    Sep 12 at 22:38
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    It's likely a typo, and ChatGPT is wrong.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 12 at 22:43
  • It depends on the sentence, e.g., ‘I think I have an idea for movie script’ is wrong, but ‘I think I have an idea for vacation’ is acceptable. Sep 12 at 23:38

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This is a typo and is not grammatically correct.

You can omit "the" in certain cases, but not "a".

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