For example, when used as a predicate nominative, anathema doesn't require an article: That belief is anathema. However other words do require an article: He became a knight.

I wonder if it has something to do with singularity of the predicate nominative: I will be king.

The only research I have done is to look up definitions for predicate, nominative, copulatory verbs, as well as googling to try to find reasons why anathema could not require and article. This was difficult to find as anathema could be counted, depending on the definition in use.

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    'He became king' and 'He became a king' are both idiomatic. The former uses the null, not the zero, article. However, in your examples, 'anathema' is obviously non-count {ODO}. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 4 '18 at 23:16
  • Please include the research you’ve done. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 4 '18 at 23:17
  • I apologise, new to codified rules on English grammar. I understood that non-count predicate nominative nouns don't require articles, but to me it wasn't so obvious that it was non-count. My only research has been to look up and understand all terms: anathema (the word that started all this), predicate, nominative, as well as copulatory verbs. I will edit my question to reflect this ASAP. Thank you for your input. – William Sturgiss Feb 6 '18 at 0:01

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