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Good morning, I am writing an essay on file compression and I have written this sentence and I am not sure whether the first or second version would be correct.

The statement is:

"Lossless compression is essential as files which require all data to be present, such as a financial report or a database[...]"

Would "such as a financial report or database" be grammatically correct, or would "such as a financial report or a database" be correct?

Thank you for your help!

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Both can be correct, but their meaning is slightly different.

such as a financial report or database

implies that the database needs to be financial, just as the report is. With

such as a financial report or a database

you're effectively limiting the adjective financial to the noun report.

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  • Aaah right, I understand, thank you! I don't know why I didn't think of it before! I would upvote, but I don't have enough rep. – Samuelf80 Jan 14 '17 at 12:13
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    @Samuelf80 you're welcome. You can accept the answer if it solved your question. – Glorfindel Jan 14 '17 at 14:40

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