This is detective work

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Would "This is a detective work" be more accurate than "This is detective work"?

Behind the scenes, scientists such as Vollmer are keeping watch over the health of the atmosphere — in part to make sure nations are honouring their promises. “This is detective work,” says Stephen Montzka of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. “Our remit is to understand if things are changing as expected.”

Source: Nature 22 JANUARY 2020
The chemists policing Earth’s atmosphere for rogue pollution
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It's used as the name of a concept, not as a specific example of a type of work.

    "This is detective work."

    This is analogous to the type of work detectives do.
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