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Aren't some articles missing in the following sentence?

... when traditional pattern of landscape became established.

Or is it something else that is wrong with this sentence?

Context.

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There isn't anything wrong... Where would you put the articles? –  b.roth Nov 14 '10 at 22:03
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@Bruno Rothgiesser: the sentence does not read well. Perhaps "when the traditional pattern of the landscape became established." –  Peter Mortensen Nov 14 '10 at 22:05
    
@Bruno Rothgiesser: or perhaps "when traditional patterns of the landscape became established.". –  Peter Mortensen Nov 14 '10 at 22:08
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I think I would have written "when traditional patterns of landscape became established". –  b.roth Nov 14 '10 at 22:16

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Yes, there is a missing article, or more likely a missing plural.

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When you write "the traditional patterns", you're referring to specific patterns. There was no article in that case because the author meant traditional patterns in general. But I think I would have written "traditional patterns" (plural) instead of "traditional pattern".

Compare the following:

I like cats.

(I like cats in general.)

I like the cats that I have at home.

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