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    article for 'addition'

    Hi,

    In the following sentence should there be an article before ‘addition’ ? Please explain a bit.

    US operations saw a significant improvement in NOI margin attributable to addition of new services and various cost cutting measures.

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    Re: article for 'addition'

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    In the following sentence should there be an article before ‘addition’ ? Please explain a bit.

    US operations saw a significant improvement in NOI margin attributable to addition of new services and various cost cutting measures.

    Thanks,

    MG.
    It's optional here. It could go either way. Possibly a case could also be made for "in the NOI margin".

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    Re: article for 'addition'

    Raymott:
    It's optional here. It could go either way.
    Can you please explain a bit more here? Are you treading 'addition' as a nouncountable noun?

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    Re: article for 'addition'

    Raymott, this is the first time I've disagreed with you.

    I see the article "the" as absolutley requried before "addition."

    I'd also hyphenate cost-cutting measures.

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    Re: article for 'addition'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Raymott, this is the first time I've disagreed with you.

    I see the article "the" as absolutley requried before "addition."

    I'd also hyphenate cost-cutting measures.
    "Raymott, this is the first time I've disagreed with you." Well that's encouraging!

    Before I try to justify my lapse from grace, how do you feel about the following?:

    Addition of new services cased a significant improvement in the NOI margin.
    Withdrawal of troops caused insurgents to gain ground.
    Insurgents gained ground due to withdrawal of troops.
    Reduction in profit led to the shop’s closure.
    The shop was closed because of reduction in profit.
    Services were cut because of withholding of funds.
    Mining profits soared in wake of increases in extraction of ore.
    The swimming pool water was acrid due to addition of too much chlorine.

    How about these sentences from academic and government papers
    (I admit that technical papers often have their own language):
    An empirical analysis of market reaction to addition of stocks to a widely followed international index reveals that ….

    Addition of M. chlorophenolicum to soil caused only a slight increase in protozoan numbers, which was similar to the increase caused by addition of water.
    After a 2-week washout and run-in period, 174 microalbuminuric diabetic hypertensive patients were randomized to addition of manidipine 10 mg every day
    … the mixture is stirred for 90 min prior to addition of the reactants.
    There are further issues relating to addition of licence conditions …
    A remarkable 47 per cent increase in annual growth of trees under enhanced carbon dioxide and improved nutrition, due to addition of fertiliser, was observed.

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    Re: article for 'addition'

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    I'm with Barb_D. I'd definitely prefer the use of 'the' in musicgold's sentence, too.
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    Re: article for 'addition'

    Some of them sound like headlines or titles. (Withdrawal of troops caused insurgents to gain ground.)


    Others just sound off to me - sentences without what I would consider to be required articles. (Like this one: The swimming pool water was acrid due to addition of too much chlorine.)

    Maybe this is a AmE/BrE difference?

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    Philly and Barb_D,

    Thanks for your comments. Can you guys also give the rationale behind your comments?

    MG.

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    #9

    Re: article for 'addition'

    No rationale other than doing business writing for almost 20 years. As I said above, perhaps it's a regional difference.


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    US operations saw a significant improvement in NOI margin attributable to addition of new services and various cost cutting measures.

    If the original sentence had said "to new services, then you would not need "the", but as it says "of new services, you do need "the addition".

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