When do I have to use the article before a noun, and when do I not have to use the article before a noun?

Example: The preliminary estimate can not be specified with accuracy because of unpredictability of the donations.

  1. Because of unpredictability of the donations
  2. Because of the unpredictability of the donations

Which one is better?

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    Both are idiomatic in this context. However I think if I were omitting the article from unpredictability I would also remove it from donations. So it becomes ...because of unpredictability of donations. Others may disagree. Often what is idiomatic to one ear is not the case with everyone. This is probably in that category. – WS2 Jan 10 '17 at 23:45

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