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    1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into some

    In Oxford advanced 8th the explanation of "finding" as a noun is :

    1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into something


    Is it better to change "the" to "a"? I was told that the idiom as a result must not be change to as the result.

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    Re: 1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    In Oxford advanced 8th the explanation of "finding" as a noun is :

    1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into something


    Is it better to change "the" to "a"? I was told that the idiom as a result must not be change to as the result.
    What an odd rule. I journeyed to the south as a result of the war, and then I moved north, my movement being seen as the result of a failed adventure.

    Try it this way - I threw the dice. There were three results. As a result of my throw, the dice went into the air. As a result of my throw, the dice landed on the table. As a result of my throw, the dice stopped. The money I lost as the result of my throw was not much.

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    Re: 1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into

    Thank you.

    So do you think the explanation I got from Oxford is a different thing from sentences like As a result, he failed the examination?

    (For As a result, he failed the examination, I was told A must not be changed to THE)

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    Re: 1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into

    When 'as a result' is used adverbially with the meaning of 'conseqyently' we use only 'a'.

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    Re: 1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    In Oxford advanced 8th the explanation of "finding" as a noun is :

    1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into something


    Is it better to change "the" to "a"? I was told that the idiom as a result must not be change to as the result.
    Sorry to prolong the debate when the answer has been clearly given and endorsed, but I'm intrigued by this quotation from 'Oxford advanced 8th', which I imagine is the 8th edition of OALD. I can see the problem: a finding is a piece of information, but - maybe in the midst of writing [in flagrante scripto, and maybe after editorial comments - the writer wanted to add that it was usually used in the plural. Incidentally, I'm not sure about this: the results of an experiment take the form of information; different readers may choose to divide that information into bits. How to express that, in the small number of words required for a dictionary? Is what is pluralized the 'piece' or the 'information? [A: The piece, of course, as 'information' isn't countable. But the word 'piece' isn't there.]

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    PS - I misinterpreted the '1'. Still, it's a point worth making (if not fully justified here!)

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    Re: 1 [usually plural] information that is discovered as the result of research into

    "plural" is only for FINDING.

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