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Some alternative examples I can think of: The doctor authorised (the) discharge of the patient. All clear for takeoff. The government ordered (the) lockdown of its embassy. All of the words in bold seem like they may have started life in this form as jargon specific to the sector they pertain to (they are all technical terms) but have made ...
I have always thought of a gerund as encompassing a broader concept, more than a specific instance. M-W's definition therefore gives a hint: the (one or a very specific) act of (the broader or overall set of acts of) broadcasting. In this way, the title is, while not technically incorrect, awkward. I would have preferred "The judge decided to allow a or the ...
Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English (2001) Summary of this book's section on BrE/AmE uncountable/countable nouns: Most vegetables that are uncountable in BrE are countable in AmE, with these exceptions: broccoli, spinach, lettuce, i.e. vegetables that already have different ways of distinguishing discrete ...
"Piece of garment" is valid syntax but means (as a comment indicates) a sleeve or leg or some other fragment of a garment. "Garment" by itself can certainly be used, in singular or plural -- it is a fairly normal countable noun. "Clothing" is not a countable noun, and so with that word you'd use "piece of clothing".
Imagination - the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful. Because someone has an ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful, one therefore also has an imagination.
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