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Hi,

I have this word 'system' that I found while looking at a medium-range plan of some organization. Should it be 'system' or 'the/a system'? My dictionary says it is countable but I seem to see a lot of uncountable usage.

Under the heading (or sub-heading) of "5-year reform plan", it is written among others in what looks to be point form:

Changing faculty tenure system and granting distinguished professiorship
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Changing the faculty tenure system and granting distinguished professiorship

which may be reduced/shortened to the original in a title or in a bulleted list that is desired compact.
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BelieverHi,

I have this word 'system' that I found while looking at a medium-range plan of some organization. Should it be 'system' or 'the/a system'? My dictionary says it is countable but I seem to see a lot of uncountable usage.

Under the heading (or sub-heading) of "5-year reform plan", it is written among others in what looks to be point form:

Changing faculty tenure system and granting distinguished professiorship

If this is in a list of "bulleted" items on a report, the article might well be left out, as in a newspaper headline. I agree with Marius that, in general, the use of the article is better.