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    Q. ___________ is an important source of energy.

    a. Wind
    b. Winds
    c. A wind
    d. The wind

    OA is 'A', but I am wondering that the difference between 'wind' and 'the wind' in the above sentence. As a foreign student studying English, I have a difficulty dicerning the difference between them. Please, explain to me.

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    In addition, I am also wondering why only 'wind' of the choices given can be inserted into that blank, and why the others cannot do? (in the sentence "why the others cannot do?", is "do" being used correctly in terms of grammar?)

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    Default Re: 'Wind' or 'The wind'?

    Hello ilovepsycho

    Q. ___________ is an important source of energy.

    a. Wind
    b. Winds
    c. A wind
    d. The wind
    As you may already know, the is a definer: it introduces a defined noun. For example,


    • The wind (specifically) in this area is ...


    The phrase in this area further defines the noun wind by narrowing its semantic scope. Omit the and the noun's meaning, its semantic scope, is broadened and made less narrow:


    • Wind (in general) is ...

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    Default Re: 'Wind' or 'The wind'?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovepsycho View Post
    In addition, I am also wondering why only 'wind' of the choices given can be inserted into that blank, and why the others cannot do? (in the sentence "why the others cannot do?", is "do" being used correctly in terms of grammar?)
    Q. ___________ is an important source of energy.

    a. Wind
    b. Winds <subject-verb agreement>
    c. A wind <semantics>
    d. The wind <Which wind? It hasn't been defined>

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    In addition, I am also wondering why only 'wind' of the choices given can be inserted into that blank, and why the others cannot do be?

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    Default Re: 'Wind' or 'The wind'?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovepsycho View Post
    Q. ___________ is an important source of energy.

    a. Wind (General Concept)
    b. Winds (Wind is uncountable)
    c. A wind (Wind is Uncountable)
    d. The wind (Immediate environment - unique)(But not in this case)

    OA is 'A', but I am wondering that the difference between 'wind' and 'the wind' in the above sentence. As a foreign student studying English, I have a difficulty dicerning the difference between them. Please, explain to me.
    (Not a teacher)

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    Default Re: 'Wind' or 'The wind'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hello ilovepsycho
    Q. ___________ is an important source of energy.

    a. Wind
    b. Winds
    c. A wind
    d. The wind
    As you may already know, the is a definer: it introduces a defined noun. For example,


    • The wind (specifically) in this area is ...

    The phrase in this area further defines the noun wind by narrowing its semantic scope. Omit the and the noun's meaning, its semantic scope, is broadened and made less narrow:


    • Wind (in general) is ...

    Thanks for your lucid explanation, but I get to have another question. That is that if the noun is a countable noun such as a dog, a boy, etc, how can I express the general form?
    For example, _________ is(are) the friend(s) of man.
    a. Dog
    b. A dog
    c. Dogs
    d. The dog
    e. etc

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