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Which one is grammatically correct or preferred, and why?

  • "We developed this algorithm for use in autonomous cars"
  • "We developed this algorithm for the use in autonomous cars"
  • What do Google Ngram and Google searches for “for use in” and “for the use in” seem to imply very strongly? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 26 '17 at 9:29
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The Google Ngram Chart is very clear about it:

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Besides, for use, without the, also feels idiomatic, which is how use is actually used here.

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I think "We developed this algorithm for the use in autonomous cars" is right. Because "use" here is defined within specific fields-autonomous cars.

  • I'd only put the in that sentence if I was specifically comparing different "uses" of the algorithm. In general, you'd leave the out. – Peter Shor Jun 26 '17 at 12:06

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