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    missing article

    Hi All,

    Could you please correct the following sentences? I think in sentence 1, there should be 'a' before 'joint venture'

    1. Lubert acquired Central Parking in joint venture with private equity firms KKR & Co. and Chrysalis Capital.

    2. In school, they used to call him a monkey.


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    #2

    Re: missing article

    Hello mg,

    I would agree that an "a" is required in the first sentence. Your second looks fine to me.

    All the best,

    MrP


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    To me the first would be acceptable without "a".

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    Re: missing article

    To me the first would be acceptable without "a".
    Hi Anglika,

    Could you please explain me your answer?

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    #5

    Re: missing article

    On reflection, I think you're right, Anglika.


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    Re: missing article

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi Anglika,

    Could you please explain me your answer?

    Thanks,

    MG.
    Because it is a general statement that the companies are coming together to acquire Central Parking.

    An alternative way of saying this, indicating that the deal was a specific joint venture, would be:

    As a joint venture, Lubert and private equity firms KKR & Co. and Chrysalis Capital acquired Central Parking.

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    Re: missing article

    Because it is a general statement that the companies are coming together to acquire Central Parking.
    Anglika,

    Thanks, but now I am more confused. I don't understand what you mean by 'general statement'.
    I thought, we were talking about a specific transaction in which Central Parking was acquired by three companies. They formed a joint venture to buy out Central Parking.

    Thanks again,

    MG.

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    #8

    Re: missing article

    I'd say 'a joint venture', but I think the idea behind not using the article is that they're looking at the process rather than the individual arrangement they set up.

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