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D00M
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 7:33:58 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Should there not be an indefinite article before 'rate' as a countable noun?


Here is the context:

A fall in market demand is caused by lower consumption rate and a limited purchasing power.

Would it be wrong to say 'by a lower consumption rate'?

I am looking forward to your answers.
sureshot
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 8:01:59 AM
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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Should there not be an indefinite article before 'rate' as a countable noun?


Here is the context:

A fall in market demand is caused by lower consumption rate and a limited purchasing power.

Would it be wrong to say 'by a lower consumption rate'?

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It is correct to say "by a lower consumption rate". In fact, it is more natural to say so.
D00M
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 10:10:06 AM

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Thank you, but why have the common dictionaries shown it as countable?

Can a construction be ungrammatical but natural?

I am looking forward to your answers.
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 10:21:48 AM

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No. This is wrong in both nouns.

Examine your sources.

Judge whether they are reliable.

If you need to read them for the content, fine.


If you are searching for examples of particular words and finding these, you need to be more careful with your choice if sources.

Just because it is on the internet, or in a published book in the English language, does not guarantee it is correct, modern, standard (western) English.
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 10:24:11 AM

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No. This is wrong in both nouns.

You don't say where this is from. I think you need to examine your sources, and judge whether they are reliable.

If you need to read them for the content, fine.


If you are searching for examples of particular words and finding these, you need to be more careful with your choice of sources. Just because it is on the internet, or in a published book in the English language, does not guarantee it is correct, modern, standard (western) English.


Sureshot's answer tallies with your dictionary - it is countable.
But be aware articles are commonly dropped in headlines or writing using minimal words.
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