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In academic writing is it correct to say

Access to services depends on individual circumstances, such as age, nature of the problem and urgency of required care

or

Access to services depends on individual circumstances, such as the age, the nature of the problem and the urgency of required care

  • I would say "the" definitive article, as the second example, but "the age" is ambiguous - the age of the patient, of the problem, or of the knowledge? – Weather Vane Dec 10 '17 at 19:19
  • No need for the age unless you say: such as the age of the patient. such as age, the nature of the problem and the urgency of care required. The is needed due to the "genitives". – Lambie Dec 10 '17 at 19:28
  • First please note, academic as opposed to any other kind of writing doesn’t matter. An article is needed, or not. Access to services does depend on individual circumstances but if you really think the age and the nature of the problem and the urgency of required care are comparable then please rephrase the example at least two different ways to prove that… One way, even? – Robbie Goodwin Dec 11 '17 at 22:18
  • Do you mean "the age of the problem" or "the age of the person"? I suspect you mean the latter, in which case I would write "... such as the patient's age, the nature of the problem, and the urgency of the situation. The "required care" is not - of itself - urgent: it is the need for care that is urgent! – TrevorD Dec 12 '17 at 19:09

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