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Which sentence is correct looking at the use of the article "the" in bold?

  • By a way of illustration, let’s say that the Keynesian paradigm identified «full employment» as the core subject of its macroeconomic theory and policy..

  • By a way of illustration, let’s say that Keynesian paradigm identified «full employment» as the core subject of its macroeconomic theory and policy..

  • Note that M-W does not list 'by a way of illustration' as a variant of 'by way of illustration'. // How often does "the Keynesian paradigm" occur in reasonable-looking examples on the internet, according to a Google search? How often does the anarthrous (no 'the) string occur, other than in titles (where headlinese tends to kill off articles)? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 6 at 13:39
  • In looking this up, I'm coming up with strings like 'The dominant New Keynesian paradigm', 'the anti-Keynesian paradigm' and even '[a] solid post-Keynesian paradigm'. But nearly all non-headlinese examples include an article. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 6 at 13:44
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For the sake of clarity, include the before the subject phrase. Paradigm is a singular noun that should be preceded by an article.

In fact, the optional word in your sentence is that. It can be removed without impacting the meaning of the sentence.

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