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    problems with my english grammar) begginer

    In the two sentences below which one is correct. Should i use the word (the) before the word general public as in sentence 1; in contrast, should i not use the word (the) as shown insentence 2)


    1.The manager and general the public showed keen interest.



    2.The manager and general public showed a keen interest.



    thanks


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    Re: problems with my english grammar) begginer

    1.The manager and general the public showed keen interest.
    This is hopelessly wrong.
    The word "the" would not come between an adjective and its noun like this.


    But I presume it is a typo for
    "The manager and the general public showed a keen interest."
    This is fine.
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    2.The manager and general public showed a keen interest.
    This is okay too.
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    In this case, the first one is better.

    Repeating the word "the" tends to state that the manager and the general public are two distinct entities. Omitting the second "the" tends to imply that they are fused in some way.

    "The husband and wife came in to buy a car" suggests that they are a team and acted in concert.

    "The husband and the wife went their separate ways" uses the second "the" to separate the people into two distinct entities.

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    Re: problems with my english grammar) begginer

    thank you for your reply.

    So fused does that mean joined together.


    So as an example i can use


    1.The manger and the general public cheered.

    In the example above the manager and the general public would not be a team.
    so i do use "the"

    what about sentence 2. Is it any better.

    A manager and the general public



    thankyou i think i have understood your comment


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    Re: problems with my english grammar) begginer

    So fused does that mean joined together.
    Yes it does.

    So as an example i can use


    1.The manger and the general public cheered.

    In the example above the manager and the general public would not be a team.
    so i do use "the"

    what about sentence 2. Is it any better.

    A manager and the general public
    "A" manager is a little strange. It is mysterious why some anonymous "manager" would suddenly show up in this story.

    But these phrases work:
    A policeman and the general public cheered.
    (An anonymous cop would be normally present in a crowd.)

    A little old lady and the general public all tried to catch the home run ball.
    A little kid and the general public all boo'd the politician.
    (These specify these particular individuals because it is out of character for them to be acting like this. It adds a touch of "color" and detail.)

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    Re: problems with my english grammar) begginer

    A manager and the general public
    "A" manager is a little strange. It is mysterious why some anonymous "manager" would suddenly show up in this story.

    But these phrases work:
    A policeman and the general public cheered.
    (An anonymous cop would be normally present in a crowd.)


    i thought "a" is the indefinite article. Used when introducing a noun .As an example.
    So i thought "a" would be placed in front of the noun manger.

    is that incorrect.

    thanks alot for your patience and help


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    Re: problems with my english grammar) begginer

    Quote Originally Posted by hansolo View Post
    A manager and the general public
    "A" manager is a little strange. It is mysterious why some anonymous "manager" would suddenly show up in this story.

    But these phrases work:
    A policeman and the general public cheered.
    (An anonymous cop would be normally present in a crowd.)


    i thought "a" is the indefinite article. Used when introducing a noun .As an example.
    So i thought "a" would be placed in front of the noun manger.

    is that incorrect.

    thanks alot for your patience and help
    No, that's correct all right. It just gave me a problem with imagining the back story -- a crowd is cheering! "Yay! Hurrah!" Suddenly some kind of "manager" pops into the story. That makes me go "?!?!"

    If you WANTED to drag a manager in to the crowd scene, it would need a little more explanation in order to seem less bewildering (Why a manager, exactly?!?!)

    "The crowd was cheering and even a manager from the opposing team could not hide his smile."

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    Re: problems with my english grammar) begginer

    thanks again for you reply.

    Well i'm just concentrating on using the correct spelling and grammar at the moment.
    As a story is advanced and i'm a begginner.

    thanks again for you help

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