... so that the cost of such a broadcast stays zero.

Is this sentence correct ? or should I omit the a?

Thank you!

  • Can you provide more context? – user33000 Jul 20 '16 at 16:28
  • Broadcast as a noun can be countable and uncountable. So we should know its exact meaning to decide. – user33000 Jul 20 '16 at 16:30
  • I've racked my brains, but I can't think of any context where it would be syntactically valid to dispense with the article in OP's "text fragment" as cited. – FumbleFingers Jul 20 '16 at 16:40
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    @Avicenna: I don't think countable or uncountable is an issue here. Note that both your definitions include articles (a radio or TV program, the act of broadcasting). The only really valid way of avoiding the article would be something like The cost of such broadcasting is negligible. – FumbleFingers Jul 20 '16 at 16:59
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    I can see the article being omitted in a sort of legalese phrasing, for example something like, "If a fee is charged for a broadcast, then the receiver shall reimburse the sender so that the cost of such broadcast stays zero." – stangdon Jul 20 '16 at 17:02

It is correct, because "broadcast" is singular.

such a broadcast


such broadcasts

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