an outstanding ability

walkkker

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Chinese
1. Moreover, Xiaotian possessed outstanding ability to adapt to new environments quickly.
2. Moreover, Xiaotian possessed an outstanding ability to adapt to new environments quickly.
3. Moreover, Xiaotian possessed the outstanding ability to adapt to new environments quickly.

At the beginning, I wrote the first sentence. Then, I found maybe an article is needed.(I don't know if what I thought is right.)
So I want to know which version would be correct (or the best) in the three sentences. OR what differences they are?
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    There is a slight difference that is mainly dependent upon the previous context.
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    I would say that 1 and (especially) 2 are much more idiomatic than 3.
    Likewise. 'The outstanding ability' sounds odd, but I can't explain why -- perhaps because it sounds like "the ability, which is an outstanding one, of being able to adapt to new environments quickly." Your #2 says that much more succinctly.
     
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