The word performance in the broadest sense is a countable noun and hence would require an article. However, what happens in a different context when performance is not countable. Which of these two examples are correct? 'This smartphone delivers a powerful performance.' Or 'This smartphone delivers powerful performance in a slim form factor.'

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    They're both correct. They just mean something different. What research have you done? – David M Oct 14 '19 at 15:20
  • It's also not the case that omitting an article necessarily means that the noun that follows is uncountable. Words are omitted all the time, but it's context that really determines how the remaining words are understood. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Oct 14 '19 at 18:59

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