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Which is correct? 1) With a presence in more than 20 countries our team... 2) With presence in more than 20 countries our team...

This may sound like a proofreading question as with most grammar-related questions. However, my concern is if you are talking about your enterprise's presence in many countries which one would seem appropriate? Is it okay to club them together as a singular presence using the article 'a' or better to leave it out?


Thank you!

closed as off-topic by Mari-Lou A, Hellion, tchrist Feb 18 '17 at 20:15

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  • To be fair, this isn't an easy one. 'With a presence in ...' is idiomatic, though there are quite a few cases on the internet where the alternative is used. I'd say in error. The problem here is that 'with a presence in ...' is using an indefinite article with a non-count noun usage, which goes against the grain (but does sometimes occur, as has been discussed here before). But it is idiomatic, and perhaps best regarded as an idiom. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 18 '17 at 20:41
  • Decent edit, at least you have explained the problem. If you included a few citations or a dictionary reference that would make the question airtight. I've voted to reopen the question in any case. It might take some time before it's opened because it's a Sunday, if Stacker sees that the question isstuck, they could try meta, and ask users to help out. – Mari-Lou A Feb 19 '17 at 12:17