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    part of or a part of

    Hi everyone,

    Would you please help me understanding about the use of part or a part of in the following sentence.
    Other experts however are opinion that what we are seeing is just part of a natural upward and downward swing that has always been parts of the cycle of global weather.
    I asked my teacher why the author didn't use "a part of" in place of "part of " in the sentence but he told me that "you don't need to know why it is just a property of language. All you can do is to imitate the use of them and use it."
    But I am still want to know that, could anyone help me clarify this?
    Thanks a lot!




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    Re: part of or a part of

    You can use either. In most cases there's no difference between them.

    I'm struggling to think of an example where there might be.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: part of or a part of

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You can use either. In most cases there's no difference between them.

    I'm struggling to think of an example where there might be.

    Rover
    Well, maybe in the cases where we know how many exact parts (halves, for instance) make up a full element, then I believe there would be a difference, however small.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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