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in an effort to vs in effort to

"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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