Is there supposed to be an article?

“Prime Minister Tony Abbott is preparing to make his second visit to
Indonesia in just one week. He’ll head to Bali on Sunday to join 20
other leaders for the APEC summit. A Push for a high trade effect will
be high on the agenda.” (extract) (Original audio and script)

I don’t hear the a, so I’m wondering if it is all right without the article in the sentence. Is it okay or not? What is the cause of the reply?


In this case, what you are hearing is a combination of the presenter’s accent and the fact that she is speaking fast. She says “A push” in an Australian accent, yielding:

/ɛ/ + /pʊʃ/ = /ɛpʊʃ/

which has been elided to


So in answer to your question, the answer is no. The article hasn’t been omitted, it’s just become inaudible because the presenter is Australian and speaking quickly. When writing such a sentence, or indeed when pronouncing it yourself you must include the article, as it is not optional.

Source : Link , Question Author : Listenever , Answer Author : Matt

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