one of the meanings of "admission":
Admission is also the price paid to enter a place.

an example for this meaning:
(1) Museum admission is $5.

Dictionary says "admission" in (1) is countable.

Why is "admission" in (1) countable?
If "admission" is countable, why is there not "a" or "the" before "museum admission"?

my variant with "a":
(2) A museum admission is $5.

Is (2) correct?
If it is, then what is the difference between (1) and (2)?
If not, then why not?

  • Words acquire meanings in particular domains. The head of marketing for the museum could say "Admissions were down last month", meaning "ticket sales" or "sales of tickets", referring to the number of visitors. Analogous to "hospital admissions", where "admission" is the accepting of a patient into the hospital, and it is a countable datum. Nov 5, 2023 at 11:31

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'Admission', as in "the price paid to enter a place", is uncountable:

[uncountable] the amount of money that you pay to go into a building or to an event

Note that it is not necessarily used in that way: it can also mean 'right to enter' (e.g. "how much for an admission?"), and in your case this right will cost a person $5.
Interpreting it this way, your variant "A museum admission is $5" is indeed correct.


One could understand an admission here to mean the admitting of one person. But it’s not idiomatic.

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