A monoid S satisfies Condition (A) if every locally cyclic left S-act is cyclic. This condition first arose in Isbell’s work on left perfect monoids, that is, monoids such that every left S-act has a projective cover. Isbell showed that S is left perfect if and only if every cyclic left S-act has a projective cover and Condition (A) holds. Fountain built on Isbell’s work to show that S is left perfect if and only if it satisfies Condition (A) together with the descending chain condition on principal right ideals, MR. We note that a ring is left perfect (with an analogous definition) if and only if it satisfies MR. The appearance of Condition (A) in this context is therefore monoid specific.<br/><br/>Condition (A) has a number of alternative characterisations, in particular, it is equivalent to the ascending chain condition on cyclic subacts of any left S-act. In spite of this, it remains somewhat esoteric. The first aim of this article is to investigate the preservation of Condition (A) under basic semigroup-theoretic constructions.<br/><br/>Recently, Khosravi, Ershad and Sedaghatjoo have shown that every left S-act has a strongly flat or Condition (P) cover if and only if every cyclic left S-act has such a cover and Condition (A) holds. Here we find a range of classes of S-acts C such that every left S-act has a cover from C if and only if every cyclic left S-act does and Condition (A) holds. In doing so we find a further characterisation of Condition (A) purely in terms of the existence of covers of a certain kind.<br/><br/>Finally, we make some observations concerning left perfect monoids and investigate a class of monoids close to being left perfect, which we name left IPa-perfect
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