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Can you tell me if there is any difference between the following two sentences? Would the context be differ between the two?

It was a great help. -- help in this instance means making a task easier?

It was great help. -- help in this instance means helping in an emergency situation?
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You need to put an article before an adjective that modifies a noun.

Your second is incorrect.
I would say that #2 was possible, but rare.

1. It was a great help = it was very useful.

2. It was great help = the help was great.

A context for #2:


"Thank you for your help the other day."

"Oh, it was fairly paltry help, I'm afraid."

"On the contrary, it was great help."
As you can see, #2 requires a very unusual context, which probably occurs only once in several million utterances.

MrP
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MrP,

In my educated opinion, both sentences are grammatically correct; however, the second sentence would be probably be utilitized as an embedded sentence or with a prepositional phrase, as you have shown above.

With regard to sentence one, you could also say this: it was of great help.

I hope this helps.

Jason
Thank you.

What is an embedded sentence?
Welkins2139
You need to put an article before an adjective that modifies a noun.

Your second is incorrect.

So we can't say "it was great help the he gave her"?

How about...

He gave wonderful help.

He gave fantastic help.

He gave marvellous/marvelous help.
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There is no need to embedd the second sentence. A quick Google search will reveal that "was great help" has 18,200 hits. Personally, I don't think there is anything wrong with the expression, "It was great help". It was on CNN.com and BBC web site too.

It was great help that the personnel at the hotel spoke English. We relied on them to help us connect to places we wanted to go. They picked up tickets for ...
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Many thanks to ALL OF YOU for sharing your experiences, it was great help reading all the posts! One more question! I have terrible sweets and carbo ...
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Just because people use it doesn't make it right.

Both of these examples should have read 'it was a great help'.
Nona The BritJust because people use it doesn't make it right.

Both of these examples should have read 'it was a great help'.

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