in upward trend / in an upward trend ?

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musicgold

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Hi,

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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MG.
 

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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.

:-D;-)
 
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