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We say : it's the result of or it's a result of

Hi,
I'm hesitating between  writing :

"properties of materials are the result of collective behaviors of particles "

or

"properties of materials are a result of collective behaviors of particles "

can you help me ?


Jun 7, 2018 12:01 PM
Comments · 2

Hey there!

You can say both, but when saying "the" you're referring to the only possible outcome, whereas when saying "a" it means there might be more than one. :)



June 7, 2018

Both are grammatically correct, but there is a difference between the two:

-"properties of materials are the result of collective behaviors of particles" is better if you are writing either about the properties of materials OR about the behaviors of particles.

-"properties of materials are a result of collective behaviors of particles" is better if you are writing about several things that are a result of different behaviors of particles.


I'd say the first option is more likely to be the correct one in most cases.


Hope this helps! 

June 7, 2018