It show the increase(s)


Would it be correct (and why?) to use a plural form in a sentence like:

The data shows the increases in traffic for different things.

I would think that a singular noun may be better, because we are talking about one thing (the increase) many different times. Also if I had to use a plural, I'd say:

The data shows increases in traffic for different things.

Without the "the"


Posted 2016-02-28T09:25:36.883

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The first sentence would be more applicable to the specific data, as in, it would give a detailed description of the increases.

The second sentence is more apt for a summary of the data.

The the is used here in the first sentence to indicate specificity.

Tamoghna Chowdhury

Posted 2016-02-28T09:25:36.883

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Without context, it's hard to actually answer your question.

Generally, both are correct.

If you are talking about a singular increase, then it may be better to use the article an, as in The data shows an increase in traffic


Posted 2016-02-28T09:25:36.883

Reputation: 368


Increase is correct, because 'increases' implies a multitude of something; it can be compared with when you would use 'many' instead of 'much'. In other words, it's because 'traffic' is a single entity (it's never 'traffics' and can't be counted). You can say 'much traffic' but not 'many traffic', therefore you would say increase.


Posted 2016-02-28T09:25:36.883

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I disagree. Both are equally correct but have different meaning. See Chowdhury's answer for reference. – SovereignSun – 2017-12-05T11:52:50.010