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Hi all,

Mum's still got our pram - it's very old, but it's in perfect condition.
They left the flat in a terrible condition - there was mess everywhere.

The article in the second sentence is because of some additional explanation? :-S

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What type of condition? A terrible condition.

There was a mess everywhere.
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Grammar GeekWhat type of condition? A terrible condition.

There was a mess everywhere.

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What type of condition is it in?

Terrible condition.

There was mess everywhere.
The article is optional in all stated examples (including perfect condition)
I think that "mess" without the article sounds very odd.
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It sounds perfectly ok to me, but I confess that I have no idea if it's a British peculiarity.