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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 our editors:

I did this in an effort to ameliorate the situation.
I changed the contract in an effort to satisfy the client.

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 alternatives from our editors:

in an effort to

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