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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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    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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    couldn't you say "that" or "this growth"?
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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"?
    Barb_D said:
    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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