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    Cool some questions regarding the use of articles

    I'm a bit confused about the use of articles in the following sentences:
    1. "The reclassification of the shares of (the name of the company)..."
    A grammar says that "of phrases" usually take "the". I would like to know whether the above sentence sounds a bit awkward or not (because of the usage of two articles). Furthermore, if we have a few "of phrases" in a row, what usually happens to the articles? Do we ommit some of them, and if we do - which ones? Thanks!
    2. "They need to obtain a consent of the Supervisory Board."
    Do I need to say the or a consent?
    3. Do the words final and total always take "the" (e.g. "the final consent", "the total price")..
    4. What is the grammar rule explaining the use of a/an in "an increase of 2 million" and similar?
    Many thanks!

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    Default Re: some questions regarding the use of articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm a bit confused about the use of articles in the following sentences:
    1. "The reclassification of the shares of (the name of the company)..."

    A grammar says that "of phrases" usually take "the". I would like to know whether the above sentence sounds a bit awkward or not (because of the usage of two articles). Furthermore, if we have a few "of phrases" in a row, what usually happens to the articles? Do we omit some of them, and if we do - which ones? Thanks!In your example, "the" is required as there are specific shares under discussion - you could lose "the" in front of "name" and "company".

    2. "They need to obtain a consent of the Supervisory Board."

    Do I need to say the or a consent? I would use "the"

    3. Do the words final and total always take "the" (e.g. "the final consent", "the total price")..
    That will depend on your context. If this is a legal document, then "the" is safer. If it is an article, it is possible that "a" works all right.

    4. What is the grammar rule explaining the use of a/an in "an increase of 2 million" and similar? Please clarify what you are asking.

    Many thanks!
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    Default Re: some questions regarding the use of articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
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    Thanks very much for your help.As regards the last question, I just wanted to ask why we need to put "a/an" in front of phrases like "an increase of 2 million", "a reduction of ..", "a profit of 3 billion.." since those phrases sound rather specific to me.Furthermore, please look at this (Annual report of Barclays):"The results reflect revenue growth of 15%..... This is reflected in the total dividend pay-out for the year of 58 pence, a 16% increase over 1999."Why is there no article before "revenue growth" and there is "a" before "16% increase"? Thanks once again..

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