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I'm writing something and I'm not sure which one is correct:

  1. to have a control over
  2. to have control over

I googled and found many examples written by native speakers who in fact used the article with control, as shown below:

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    The examples you found should be ignored. Your first instinct was correct. – aparente001 Sep 14 '16 at 4:08
  • I know that "control" is an uncountable noun and shouldn't be used with an article; I am just interested to find out if there are ever instances when an uncountable noun like "control" can be used with an article, considering the examples I found by native speakers. – S Jay Sep 15 '16 at 13:00
  • I suggest you put that in the question. Please note, any "examples written by native speakers", should appear with links so we can see the examples in context. – aparente001 Sep 15 '16 at 13:15
  • I did, it was edited out. :) I will put links, no problem. – S Jay Sep 15 '16 at 16:06
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    These examples are unexceptional. Non-count nouns can act as count nouns in various circumstances, and take articles or other determiners: a love that had no equal, my strange history and our stranger future, an ochre sand to replace the gray concrete. See e.g. When can uncountable nouns be countable? and older duplicates like The article “a/an” with uncountable nouns or Usage of an article in front of the structure “adjective + non countable noun.”. – choster Sep 15 '16 at 16:44

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