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Why isn’t there an article after “comme” in this sentence?

In French, it is very common for predicatives (attribut) to lack articles (Grevisse §586 b), and indeed in this construction, called an attribut du complément d’objet, “cadeau” is a predicative to “cahier”, which is why the article drops.

I’m not sure Circeus’s answer (while valid) is enough to answer your question.
These two sentences are correct:

Regarde le cahier que Than reçoit comme cadeau.
Regarde le cahier que Than reçoit comme un cadeau.

In the first one, the speaker adds the precision that he/she talks about the notebook which was offered as a gift. In the second sentence, Than receives a notebook and a precision is added that it looks like a gift, but maybe it isn’t.

Note: With this simple construction, because the article disappears, French is not able to make the difference beetween “as a gift” and the less common “as the gift”. One would need complex paraphrases to express the latest.

“Comme cadeau” translates as a gift.
“Comme un cadeau” translates as if it were a gift.

Ex: Cette année, sa mère offrit à Marie un ordinateur comme cadeau d’anniversaire. (This year, her mother gave Marie a computer as a birthday gift).

Ex: Marie accepta le manteau comme un cadeau de sa mère. (Marie took the coat as if it were a gift from her mother). (Her mother passed away and her father gave Marie his late wife’s coat).


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