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    Question Variable(s)

    Hi, All:
    Should I use an indefinite article when I use a construction like "variable(s)"? Simple example:

    1. "If one considers measured variable(s)..." or
    2. "If one considers measured a variable(s)..."

    I would vote on the 1st version.
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    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Variable(s)

    You'd be right.

    In English, a determiner comes before the noun it modifies, even when the noun is modified by an adjective:

    one <subject>
    considers <verb>
    a/the <determiner>
    measured <adjective>
    variable <singular noun>

    one <subject>
    considers <verb>
    the <determiner>
    measured <adjective>
    variables <plural noun>
    in this study <prepositional phrase; defining - explains "the">

    one <subject>
    considers <verb>
    measured <adjective>
    variables <plural noun>

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    Default Re: Variable(s)

    Casiopea, I am so sorry! I have figured out that I made a mistake in the second sentence . It should be

    1. "If one considers measured variable(s)..." or
    2. "If one considers a measured variable(s)..."

    The problem is, should I put an article for the construction with (s).

    Again - sorry for that!
    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Variable(s)



    measured variables
    a measured variable

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    Default Re: Variable(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea


    measured variables
    a measured variable
    But:
    a measured variable(s)
    or just
    measured variable(s)??

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus
    Should I use an indefinite article when I use a construction like "variable(s)"? Simple example:

    1. "If one considers measured variable(s)..." or
    2. "If one considers measured a variable(s)..."
    Firstly, a is in the wrong position. It should be, a measured, not 'measured a'. Secondly, both 1. and 2. are awkward structures. Try,

    3. If one considers a measured variable or variables ...

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