I would like to ask about these words. Which one is grammatically correct?

"The decision will vary in a given factors" or "The decision will vary in given factors" ?

Since the word "factors" refers to more than one thing, I think it should be plural. I have searched in google, but the result shows both of them exist.


  • It's all singular. We would use a factor, so we would also use a given factor. Perhaps your search returned results from possessive uses: a given factor's (something)? – Davo Jul 20 '17 at 21:09

As far as l know you can't use "a" as an article before a plural so you can't say "a books" or "a cats" , hence, you can't say "a factors" or "a given factors".

  • Correct. Factors is a plural form so you can’t put “a” before it. – Andre Feb 23 '18 at 15:45

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