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Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect different skills. Federal law requires public schools to help disabled students through special education services and individualized programs.

I would like to put an article a or the before the above phrase "Federal law". Do you have any comment about this?
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Hi,

Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect different skills. Federal law requires public schools to help disabled students through special education services and individualized programs.

I would like to put an article a or the before the above phrase "Federal law". Do you have any comment about this?

'Law' is being used here in a general, uncountable way. eg We say that someone studies law, and not that someone studies laws.

You could use an article if you wanted to, but it makes the statement less general. Also, perhaps, not one but 20 federal laws may deal with this topic.

Best wishes, Clive
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Your example is correct as written. No article is needed or allowed.

Having given it some thought I find myself unable to explain why. As you can see from the examples below there are cases where an article is required.

You would say "The Federal law of the U. S. is composed of various Titles, Chapters, and Sub-chapters each of which deals with a specific area or category."
Or "There is a Federal law that regulates the type of shower head citizens are allowed to have in their bathrooms."
You would even say "There is a Federal law that requires public schools to help..."

But you wouldn't say "The Federal law requires..."
Or "A Federal law requires..."

Very mysterious. I hope someone can explain this because I certainly can't.
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Hi RayH, if you do not mind, may I know if you are a native English speaker or not? No offense. I just want to have a reference which helps me to know how much credit I could put on your answers. Anyhow, thanks so much for your help. Osee
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Osee,
Not to worry, no offense taken.

Yes, I am a native speaker of English. In fact it's my one and only language.

Unless you count a handful of Spanish words I've picked up here and there.

Which I don't. Count, that is.

Regards,
Ray