## It show the increase(s)

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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"

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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.

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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