The following sentence is taken from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:
- Today most commutes were not suburb to city but from one suburb to another.
What interests me is the use of un-inflected 'city' and 'suburb' in this sentence. Consider the following:
- Today most commutes were to city/to suburb.
Does this example sound acceptable to you with un-inflected 'city' and 'suburb' and no article? If not, what is the difference between 1 and 2?
Consider a third example:
- Today most attacks were not fighter against tank, but between one tank and another.
3 sounds ok, doesn't it? What about:
- Today most attacks were against tank.