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    #1

    But for hard work and great effort

    But for hard work and great effort, they wouldn't have achieved all they set out to do.

    I think my sentence is full of mistakes.

    First of all, do I need articles before "hard work" and "great effort"?
    Secondly, should I use "effort" or "efforts"? What's the real difference? I tried to read dictionaries but in vain.
    Thirdly, I'm not sure that I used even tenses correctly?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: But for hard work and great effort

    Your sentence is OK.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: But for hard work and great effort

    The sentence is okay.

    You don't need articles. You could put 'a' before 'great effort' if you really want to, but that reduces it to one instance of effort rather than an extended undefined effort.

    'Effort' is better than 'efforts' for the reason I gave above.

    The tenses are fine.

    In fact, you seem very unsure of yourself for no reason.
    I am not a teacher

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