Not that sector, this one!

😦 Agricultural sector is different from economic sector in the way research is conducted.

Here the writer is writing about specific sectors. If you say ‘agricultural sector’ we know you do not mean ‘education sector’!

If you want to communicate this one exactly then you need to use ‘the’:

🙂 The agricultural sector is different from the economic sector in the way research is conducted.

If you do not use ‘the’ when you mean this one exactly then you will receive a low score in IELTS for grammar and for coherence and cohesion. If you do not use ‘the’ when you mean this one exactly then your reader will stop reading and think “Does he mean this one exactly, or does he mean one of many, or does he mean all of them everywhere?” You must communicate one of these meanings if you want to be understood clearly.

If you want to communicate one of many then you need to use ‘a’:

🙂 Agriculture is a sector that requires different research approaches.

If you want to communicate all of them everywhere then you need to use ‘s’:

🙂 Government sectors mentioned in the report include agriculture and economics.

@eapguru

 

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