... 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
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 16:28
  • Broadcast as a noun can be countable and uncountable. So we should know its exact meaning to decide.
    – user33000
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 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. Commented Jul 20, 2016 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. Commented Jul 20, 2016 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
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 17:02

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It is correct, because "broadcast" is singular.

such a broadcast


such broadcasts

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