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Grammarly asks me to change the "this process is infeasible due to the computational cost of the optimization process and the large number of genes. " sentence to "this process is infeasible due to the computational cost of the optimization process and a large number of genes. " and I don't understand why. Is it something wrong with my sentence?

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  • It's something wrong with Grammarly.. Whether you use "a" or "the" depends on the context. What is it? Sep 29, 2020 at 22:14
  • "The" for sure. I was wondering maybe I am in the wrong. I am trying to say that the number of genes in our data is large, therefore the process is infeasible. Sep 29, 2020 at 22:16
  • That's a correct use of "the". A correct use of "a" would go like this: If the data set contains a large number of genes, the process becomes infeasible. "The" is definite, and "a" is indefinite. Sep 29, 2020 at 22:31
  • Or something like "this process is infeasible due to a large number of genes being present"
    – Juhasz
    Sep 29, 2020 at 22:33

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