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robjen
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:19:52 PM
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I have made up the sentences below.

(1) There is a limit on the products that are in short supply. Each customer can buy only one.

(2) There is a limit on the products in short supply. Each customer can buy only one.

Some of my non-native English friends think "that are" is needed in the sentence. However, my other friends think (2) sounds better.

What is your opinion? Thank you very much.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:26:28 PM

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The second one (without "that are") is correct.
However I think it would be said in a slightly more 'general' (non-specific) way, without the "the".

There's a limit on products in short supply. Each customer can buy only one.
This would be OK for a printed notice in a shop or on a web-site, for example.

If it were an informal comment, it would be reduced even further.
Products in short supply are limited to one per customer.
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