What is the best formulation, and eventually what are the differences, between:

  1. This task can be done without a human annotation.

  2. This task can be done without    human annotation.

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  • This is essentially asking about the differences between count nouns and non-count nouns (a cold; flu). The rest is non-germane (a boy with a cold; a boy with flu // a boy with a severe cold; a boy with severe flu). – Edwin Ashworth Mar 26 '15 at 15:01
  • Could you provide the full context? – Marius Hancu Mar 26 '15 at 15:02
  • Something like : "This task can be done without ... ". I edited the question. – sandoval31 Mar 26 '15 at 15:05
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    There's no "best" without context. (Btw, there can be no "best" between two alternatives, in any case!) Both are eminently valid, sensible and useful. What's the Q now? – Kris Mar 26 '15 at 15:12
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    It's not "a" + adjective, it's really (indefinite article)+(compound noun/ noun phrase/ noun clause). Look at it that way. – Kris Mar 26 '15 at 15:15

2. The process of human annotation is not necessary for completing this task.

1. Not even a single instance of an event of this process is necessary for completing it.

The process is comprised by many individual /events/acts/instances/ of human annotation.

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