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the phone number for [article] interpretation service is 217-000-0000

assuming the service is mentioned in the sentence for the first time,

which article should I use?

  1. "the ~" sounds ok but still I feel like there will be a better choice of an article.

  2. "an ~" sounds like there will be a service and no more.

  3. Leaving it blank sounds ok but doesn't seem right.

Thank you!

  • The zero article should not sound okay: it is seldom used before a singular, countable noun in English, and here the noun is both. The definite article is best here, unless previous or subsequent sentences explain that several of them are being discussed. – P. E. Dant Jul 5 '17 at 1:57
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The article to use in your example is dependent on context

the phone number for the interpretation service is 217-000-0000

if it's obvious you have a specific provider in mind, otherwise

the phone number for an interpretation service is 217-000-0000

could be the answer for a general question about service providers.

Without an article

the phone number for interpretation services is 217-000-0000

would be for a specific service, e.g. one at a university.

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