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"These impulses do not merely acknowledge the US’s importance. They bend the knee to it. Deep down, they seem to express a post-imperial British craving for some of the US’s reflected greatness. "

(The Guardian.)

Does "a" mark (categorize) "craving" as a noun in the passage above?

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If you are asking whether "a" is essential in order to make "craving" a noun, no. "craving" could be used uncountably. However, the sentence is easier to parse and reads more comfortably with "a" included.

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