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Intuitively, it seems that articles are not necessary here.

The choice of hotel was perfect.

Nonetheless, I can't find a logical way to explain why omitting articles for a countable noun is grammatical. Is it?

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    they are both grammatical. They mean different things. – Jim Sep 24 '18 at 15:23
  • Case 1. The choice of a hotel must not be made randomly. Case 2. We are really glad to have stayed at Hotel X. We think that our choice of hotel was just right! Do I understand the difference correctly? – Don Draper Sep 24 '18 at 15:30
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    "The choice of hotel was perfect." = "I'm so glad you picked this hotel out of all the other options." VS "The choice of a hotel was perfect." = "I'm so glad you decided to stay at a hotel as opposed to an Airbnb or an apartment or some other form of temporary residence." – Tommy Tran Sep 24 '18 at 15:30
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    @TommyTran - Yes. Exactly right. – Jim Sep 24 '18 at 15:33
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    Timur: I found a fully explicit formulation of what is, for native speakers, a trivial rule of the language — the choice of definite article, indefinite article, or no definite article. Where the writer helpfully points out that he could alternatively have ended that sentence with the choice of the definite article, the indefinite article, or no definite article. You might find something helpful in what else the guy says, but I wouldn't count on it. Idiomacy. – FumbleFingers Sep 24 '18 at 16:29

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