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which form is correct in the following paragraph?

  1. ...his training as an industrial engineer...

  2. ...his training as industrial engineer...

The Scholarship in Petroleum’s program is certainly the best chance Dilia has to learn new techniques and technologies that are not available in our country to take advantage of one of the main sources of energy for human use. Using this source is necessary but it needs to be done carefully to avoid draining it all, which is the reason I think his training as an industrial engineer can be complemented with this Master's to form a researcher with the capability to find sustainable alternatives of use.

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Engineer is a countable noun: all singular countable nouns must have an appropriate qualifying determiner* (a/an, the, my, John's, any, etc.)

*There are exceptions but these need not concern us here.

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  • So none of the exceptions can be job titles?
    – nnnnnn
    Oct 17, 2020 at 14:59
  • @nnnnnn: There are. "It's nice to be President."
    – Ricky
    Oct 17, 2020 at 16:45
  • @Greybeard It could be exchanged "as an" by "of"?: ...his training of industrial engineer...
    – pepo
    Oct 17, 2020 at 20:30
  • @pepo No, it can't.
    – Greybeard
    Oct 18, 2020 at 9:00
  • @Greybeard I rewrite the whole paragraph, please let me know your thoughts: The Scholarship in Petroleum’s program is certainly the best chance Dilia has to learn new techniques and technologies that are not available in our country to take advantage of one of the main sources of energy for human use. Using this source is necessary but it needs to be done carefully to avoid draining it all, which is the reason I think he can complement his training as an industrial engineer with this master to attain the insights necessary to find sustainable alternatives of use.
    – pepo
    Oct 18, 2020 at 13:06
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I think you left out the "a" in "2....his training as industrial engineer.." but either way, 1 is correct.

Try searching Google for "using a or an" next time.

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  • I don't believe the question is actually asking about a or an. In any case, that's definitely trivial and a duplicate. I believe the alternatives were what is being asked about. Unfortunately your answer arrived during the edit.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 17, 2020 at 14:32
  • @tomofv It could be exchanged "as an" by "of"?: ...his training of industrial engineer...
    – pepo
    Oct 17, 2020 at 20:30

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