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    Hi,

    I know that ‘growth’ does not require an article before it. In the following sentence, however, to avoid repeating ‘same-store revenue growth’ I have used ‘the’ before ‘growth’. Can I do that?

    Same-store revenue growth for the last quarter was weak at -2%; however, for full-year 2008 the growth was strong at +5%.

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    You can equally well omit "the" in the second place.

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    Anglika,

    Thanks.

    But if I omit 'the' , I feel that the reader may get confused with respect to 'growth' I am talking about. For example, in this context, 'same-store revenue growth' is different from 'revenue growth'.

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    couldn't you say "that" or "this growth"?
    a student.

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    Or even, "it."

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    Thanks folks.

    jctgf said:
    couldn't you say "that" or "this growth"?
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    Or even, "it."
    Aren't these words (this, that or it) doing the task of 'the', i.e. making 'growth' definite? Then what is wrong with 'the'?

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    just a student.
    If you use "the", I'm not sure it's going to be clear that you are referring to "same-store revenue growth".
    The reader may think that you meant "growth" and simply wrote "the growth". With "the", the reader may not connect the second "growth" with the 1st one.
    If you say "that/this growth", I think it's beyond doubt that you are referring to "same-store revenue growth".
    I'm just guessing. I'm just a student!

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    Default Re: Article to avoid repetation

    "The" growth is fine - it's clear that it means the same-store growth. But if you were looking to avoid repetition, then "it" can be used in place of "the growth," avoiding all the repetition.

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