(the) number of users


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China last year surpassed the U.S. to become the world's largest personal-computer market by quarterly unit sales, and is already the world's largest mobile and Internet market by number of users. The Wall Street Journal

Dear all,

I am curious to know whether there is an article "the" left out. If not, could you please explain to me what the difference is between them? Thanks.

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    It's like a category: by height, by weight, by number of users. You can think of these as column headings on a chart.
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