I’ve noticed that some people use an article with the word “part” and the bulk of them does not (at least at some web pages I skimmed through). Which is the correct variant? I think that parts of something are countable, so there should be an article, whether definite or not.
A few examples right out of my head. Please, do not consider it as meaningful sentences. These are just for demonstrating and mean almost nothing.
KDE is a part of the Linux GUI.
The mentioned district is a part of the city.
This stick was a part of that tree.
Something is the main part of his success.
Here you go – a few real life examples I’ve just stumbled with:
… the resulting moc file is included in a _automoc.cpp file, which is then compiled as part of the target.
DarwinPorts was started in 2002 as part of the OpenDarwin project.
It was part of Tax Day protests held throughout the 1990s and earlier.
partword should or can be used without an article?