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Apart from disposing of rubbish carefully and changing the water that hold plants every week, name two other methods to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water.

Can I omit the "the" before "accumulation"? I always think the use of articles is one of the most difficult thing in English learning.

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    If the noun ends in -ation, you cannot go wrong: you can omit the article, use "the", or use "a|an". It doesn't matter.
    – TimR
    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:42
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    Accumulation of water in the root system is to be avoided. An accumulation of water in the root system is to be avoided. The accumulation of water in the root system is to be avoided.
    – TimR
    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:44
  • Why not go for to prevent stagnant water accumulation? Aug 21, 2015 at 10:51

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The is optional here, but I would keep it in. To my ear, the sentence sounds terse without it.

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