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    Article question

    Hi,

    I read this sentence in a report discussing a company’s quarterly earnings review. The sentence was in the summary section at the end of the report. I feel that there should be ‘the’ before ‘good second quarter results” as both the author and reader know which results the sentence is referring to. Would the meaning of the sentence change it I inserted ‘the’ before the phrase?

    Following [ ] good second quarter results, we have increased our EPS estimate for 2008.

    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Re: Article question

    I don't think the addition of "the" in this case would change the sentence's meaning too much. "The" just makes the results seem more isolated and specific. Just leaving it the way it is makes it seem more like all second quarter results across the board are good.

    The original sentence is what native speakers would use. It seems more natural to us, at least in California anyway.

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    Re: Article question

    thedeebo,



    thedeebo said:
    Just leaving it the way it is makes it seem more like all second quarter results across the board are good.
    But the author is talking about the results of only the second quarter of 2008 ( April to June 2008).

    Thanks,

    MG.

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