Is the following sentence right or should I use "changes"?

The present study aimed at quantifying the change in surface air temperature and monthly total rainfall

Here, by change I meant upward/ downward trend or no trends or any other type of patterns in the distributions of temperature and rainfall

  • I guess the following is sentence is meaningful > The present study aimed at quantifying the changes in surface air > temperature and monthly total rainfall. – Bala Varadarajan Jan 7 '14 at 14:37
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    Actually, I would use "changes" or "the change", not "the changes". – oerkelens Jan 7 '14 at 14:39
  • Are you looking for a single number or a pattern of numbers? – bib Jan 7 '14 at 16:28
  • "the changes" is perfectly acceptable. – MrHen Jan 7 '14 at 17:45
  • I would not say the changes. The and plurals don't play especially nice... but a more important problem is where is the verb for the main clause of this sentence (or is this just a fragment?) – virmaior Jan 8 '14 at 6:30

Personally, as someone who has written scientific papers, I would leave it as you have it written now. Note, none have the changes.

Projected changes in surface air temperature...
We first update our analysis of surface temperature change based on... (PNAS)
The Effects of Temperature Changes on Salivary Amylase Activity... (JDR)
Common triggers of nonallergic rhinitis are changes in weather and temperature (CCJM)
change in temperature, humidity, or barometric pressure or exposure to cold or dry air (CCJM)
...in terms of change in temperature over a period of... (Scientific American)
Structural models in response to change in temperature based on ... (Nature)

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