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    in upward trend / in an upward trend ?


    I remember reading somewhere that when indicating the state of something by using the construct <preposition > + <noun>, one should not use any article before the noun.

    Based on the above rule, can I remove the ‘an’ in the following sentence without changing its meaning? Also please comment about the rule.

    ‘When the market is in an upward trend, investors’ loss aversion falls.’



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    Re: in upward trend / in an upward trend ?

    Hi musicgold

    The rule is somewhat suspicious taken out of its orginal context. Consider, this preposition + noun structure, to the store. Omitting the article renders the phrase ungrammatical, *to store.

    The phrase in an upward trend is set. It needs its article.

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