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    years after the start/the years after th start

    Hello!
    Can anybody describe me which variant "year after the start" or "the years after the start" is correct?
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    (The) years after the start of the policy of reform and openness Shanghai experienced rapid development of the financial industry, which is especially accelerated in the XXI century after the government had taken some steps to liberalize the financial transactions.
    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: years after the start/the years after th start

    [Written before I'd read your example; for advice relevant to that, see the PPS.]
    The second, if you're referring to a definite period (definite article, see? )

    You can refer to an indefinite time after 'the start', but then year would be plural: 'Years after the start, we noticed <thing>'.

    b

    PS It's anybody, though if you're surrounded by American English speakers this may be hard to remember! (The Br English /ɒ/ makes it easier to remember.)

    PPS In this case you're referring to a particular period, but you need a preposition. So you would say something like 'During the years ...'. In a different context, you could use an indefinite expression: 'For years after the start ...<whatever-happened>, but later things started to go wrong'. (But be careful to say /fǝ jiǝz/; if you say /fɔ:/ it will sound as if you are starting to say something like 'Four years after the start, <something-happened>'!
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    Re: years after the start/the years after th start

    Quote Originally Posted by tory View Post
    (The) years after the start of the policy of reform and openness Shanghai experienced rapid development of the financial industry, which is especially accelerated in the XXI century after the government had taken some steps to liberalize the financial transactions.
    'The' is wrong by itself
    The question is: When did Shanghai experience this rapid development?
    If it started almost immediately after the reform, then "In the years after..." or "During the years after ..." I think this is what you mean.
    If you use "Years after ..." this means the rapid development only started many years after the reform.
    Another example:
    "Years after my father died, I assumed the role of head of the house." This means that many/several years passed since my father's death before I assumed that role.

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    Re: years after the start/the years after th start

    Thank you both for the information. It was very usefull for me.

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