# The necessity of an indefinite article: The drinking segment is estimated to hold about 44.8% volume share by the end of 2026

I'm not sure if an indefinite article is required in the below sentence:

The drinking segment is estimated to hold about a 44% volume share by the end of 2022.

The drinking segment is estimated to hold about an 84.8% volume share by the end of 2022.

The original sentence is given below. I stumble upon similar sentences while editing some work, but I'm never quite certain.

The drinking segment is estimated to hold about 44.8% volume share by the end of 2026.

• You have it right. Use the article that matches how you say the number: a 44% share, and an 84% share. To avoid choosing, redo the order: "to hold a volume share of 44% (or 84%)." – Yosef Baskin Feb 17 '17 at 19:54
• Well, my main question is that in the given sentence is there a need for a/an at all? "The drinking segment is estimated to hold about 44.8% volume share by the end of 2026." – Cyna Bhathena Feb 24 '17 at 6:27
• For good English, use the article. For math jargon, you can skip it when all your readers are technical. – Yosef Baskin Feb 24 '17 at 15:02