I don't know English grammar, somehow I normally just "sense it". However, the following sentence have me beat:

Amplitude of component P97, elicited by stimulus onset, did not depend on time.

Should there be a "The" before amplitude or not? Both seems fine for me.

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    I think the sentence reads better with a definite article added. But I'm not so sure I'd argue that the article must be present. – J.R. Sep 20 '16 at 19:37
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    +1 @J.R. In technical writing (as this seems to be) (the) articles are often elided, and phrases "condensed" as in elicited by stimulus onset for elicited by the onset of a stimulus. This could even be called a component of technical style, I think, although to me it is easier to read in its expanded form. – P. E. Dant Sep 20 '16 at 21:23
  • @PED - That's an excellent example of why an O.P. should tell us where they found their quote. – J.R. Sep 21 '16 at 0:12

this seems to be technical style writing. in these texts, the writers usually try and condense their writing to take up less space. if you were looking for Queens english grammar, then the correct answer would be to add the definite article. however this depends on the context of the component being described.

  • -1 for using nonstandard capitalization – Alan Carmack Sep 21 '16 at 15:33

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