the effects of the spraying of Matacil

the effects of spraying of Matacil

I know you usually use the former, however, I wonder what is your opinion as to the latter!


  • Is this a question on article usage? – CowperKettle Sep 25 '15 at 15:32
  • No, it is on if you use the second one? – nima Sep 25 '15 at 16:07
  • But the only difference is the absence of the definite article the in the second sentence. I wanted to know whether you were uncertain about article usage here. – CowperKettle Sep 25 '15 at 16:08

I guess the spraying of Matacil is a piece of art.

In this case the second is wrong, as it does no longer reference to the piece of art, but instead references to the act of spraying. You cannot use of after spraying as an object or adverb is expected. The of does show some sort of possession or origin in here which just doesn't work with a verb.

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The second sentence should read

The effects of spraying Matacil

of is not necessary. Matacil is the object of verb spraying

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