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    Definite article in of-phrases

    Hello,
    I am having difficulties understanding why the definite article is used/is not used in the following of-phrases:

    It is necessary to provide a legal basis for AN economical completion of investments from procurement in cases of bancrupcy.
    It is also important to introduce (ZERO) instruments of innovative procurement.
    an increase in employment and (ZERO) reduction of structural unemployment.
    Potential for THE long-term sustainability of the projects funded is high. A friendly administrative environment will enable THE easier establishment of businesses.


    Thanks in advance for your reply.

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    Re: Definite article in of-phrases

    "It is necessary to provide a legal basis for AN economical completion of investments..."

    "An" is used here because we are not talking about a specific "economical completion".

    "It is also important to introduce (ZERO) instruments of innovative procurement.
    … an increase in employment and (ZERO) reduction of structural unemployment."


    In front of "instruments", we don't need an article because "instruments of procurement" is a standard phrase and we don't know what specific "instruments" will be "introduced".

    In front of "reduction", I would use "an" because previously it reads "an increase"


    Potential for THE long-term sustainability of the projects funded is high. A friendly administrative environment will enable THE easier establishment of businesses.

    "THE long-term sustainability of the projects"...The (specific) projects have a specific long-term sustainability so "the" is used.

    A friendly administrative environment will enable THE easier establishment of businesses.

    This company has a specific plan for an "easier establishing of businesses" so "the" is used.

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    Re: Definite article in of-phrases

    Thank you so much, this really helped!

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