Context: a stock (traded in a stock exchange) was defined prior to the appearance of the following sentence:

The demand for the stock/the demand for stock/demand for the stock decreases significantly.

Question: which of the three phrases is suitable to use?

  • All may be suitable, depending on context and style preferrences. – bib Jun 3 '14 at 16:14
  • Can you clarify with more details? – user76911 Jun 3 '14 at 16:51

Referring to a specific stock, say IBM, you may say:

(The) Demand for the stock ( IBM stock) is...

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  • If "demand for the stock" then the violation of the rule that before a singular noun we need either a/an/ or the. Am I wrong? – user76911 Jun 3 '14 at 16:46

If a specific stock was defined previous to this sentence, and the sentence is referring back to that specific stock, then 2 is ineligible as written because it needs a further qualifier to indicate which stock it refers to (If it were referring to the market as a whole it would be suitable).

Of 1 and 3, more context is needed to determine if there is a clear preference, but the preference would only be in flow of the document/elegance, they are both valid otherwise.

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