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Is the following sentence okay as is, or is it necessary to repeat the word "sector" to make clear you mean "private sector and public sector organizations."?

Trust in private and public sector organizations has been shrinking in recent years.

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Trust in private and public sector organizations has been shrinking in recent years.

It's extremely unlikely that anybody would think that you weren't talking about private sector organizations in this sentence.

After all, trust in private doesn't mean anything and it's natural for us to interpret sentences in a way that they make sense (if we can).

So, it should be fine to leave it as it is.


If the sentence had been slightly different, it would be a different matter:

Trust in privacy and public sector organizations has been shrinking in recent years.

Here, it would be much more likely for privacy to be taken as something separate. (Mainly because it's common to talk about privacy on its own.)

Had it been meant the other way, then making it explicit would be recommended:

Trust in both privacy sector organizations and public sector organizations has been shrinking in recent years.

(This is assuming that privacy sector organizations makes sense and is not a typo for private.)

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