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When a noun is used generally, an article is not needed.

General nouns are used frequently in academic writing. In academic English the singular form is usually replaced with a plural noun with no article. Sometimes the verb also needs to be changed. 

Example 1

Language is normally the initial barrier for a refugee trying to integrate in a new country.  

Replaced with: Language is normally the initial barrier for refugees trying to integrate in a new country. (Refugee is used generally so no article is needed.)

Example 2

The current work situation of an applicant was taken into account when selecting interviewees for the study. 

Replaced with: The current work situations of applicants were taken into account when selecting interviewees for the study.

Example 3

The author argues that a university should be a place where critical thinking skills are taught. 

Replaced with: The author argues that universities should be places where critical thinking skills are taught

Example 4

While some argue that a company should be strongly regulated by the state, others hold the view that too much regulation slows economic growth.

Replaced with: While some argue that companies should be strongly regulated by the state, others hold the view that too much regulation slows economic growth.

Sources: Cambridge Online Dictionary; British Council Learn English

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