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Why no arcticle is needed in this sentence?

In Germany (?) electrician killed a dog with an electric discharge.

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    An article is needed in that sentence. What is your source? Commented Nov 16, 2014 at 23:17
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    If this were a headline instead of a sentence, you could get away with no article. However, the headline would probably be written more concisely, and maybe even in the present tense, i.e., something like German electrician kills dog with electric discharge.
    – J.R.
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 9:43
  • As a headline it would still be incorrect, the location would need to be moved to the end of the sentence. "Electrician killed [...] in Germany" Commented Mar 12, 2016 at 15:07

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It needs TWO (or three) things.

As you and StoneyB say, an article AND a comma.

In Germany, an electrician killed a dog with an electric discharge.

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It needs a comma and a plural.

In Germany, electricians killed a dog with an electric discharge.

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all of the above.

In Germany, the electricians...

It all depends on what the author is trying to say explicitly. Regardless, it definitely needs some help.

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When you say something for the first thing or talk about something that is not particular, you use an indefinite article before a singular countable noun.

So the correct sentence is "In Germany, an electrician killed a dog with an electric discharge".

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