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"In an effort to" is the correct phrase, not "in effort to."

in an effort to

This is correct

If you are explaining that you did something to try to bring about a result, you can use this phrase.

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Some examples from the web:

  • We unsuccessfully tried 53 computational models in an effort to simulate their movements prior to the crash.
  • I believe he was inserted into my life in an effort to locate Raymond Reddington.
  • Now, these three remarkable men have given their lives in an effort to... widen the horizons of their species.
  • These initiatives must also involve the participation of local authorities and local communities in an effort to identify where best European Structural Funds should be spent.
  • I think that he resisted going to therapy all these years in an effort to hide it.
  • Indeed, in August 2003, in an effort to remove excess product from the market, certain Norwegian producers considered freezing 30000 tonnes of farmed salmon.
  • I kidnapped them in an effort to save our planet Earth.
  • He confessed in an effort to cut a deal.

in effort to

This is not correct. Don't use this phrase.

This phrase is missing the indefinite article before the noun "effort."

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert.


Some examples from the web:

  • 8 hours ago ... France makes it illegal for supermarkets to destroy edible food in effort to cut waste. Chains are being made to donate products to charity or ...
  • 15 hours ago ... MGM joins Wynn, Sands and Switch in effort to buy power without NV Energy. Image. L.E. Baskow. NRG Energy and MGM Resorts celebrated ...
  • Apple acquires another navigation company in effort to bolster mapping services. By Dante D'Orazio; on May 17, 2015 02:43 pm; Email · @dantedorazio · 21.
  • Missouri conservation center closely involved in effort to repopulate endangered wolf species. Published May 09, 2015. Associated Press. Facebook0 Twitter0 ...

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