in (an) orderly fashion

homotopy07

Senior Member
Japanese
(1) All the students lined up in an orderly fashion.

(2) All the students lined up in orderly fashion.

Is (1) more natural than (2)?
 
  • BLUEGLAZE

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Yes, it does.

    I prefer to use the indefinite article in a statement.
    In a command, I like the phrase without it.

    Proceed in orderly fashion.

    They are both correct but are a matter of regions and what one becomes accustomed to.
     
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