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    Hello

    Which one do you think is correct?

    I dont like state universities. A student is usually not intellegent and smart out there.
    I dont like state universities. The student is usually not intellegent and smart out there.
    I dont like state universities. Students are usually not intellegent and smart out there.

    Personally I think the second and third one are OK but I'm not sure about the first one.

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    First is not good. Second OK, but third is the most common/natural.

    What makes you think a state university is "out there"?

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    ps. don't, intelligent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    First is not good. Second OK, but third is the most common/natural.

    What makes you think a state university is "out there"?
    If one is here, so probably they can refer to other places as ''out there''. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    If one is here, so probably they can refer to other places as ''out there''. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    Dave's question was probably prompted by the impression given by your post that state universities (plural) are 'out there', i.e. away from the centre of things. If you are 'here' in downtown Schmuttsburg, a big city, and your state university is 40 miles out of town, then 'out there' may be appropriate. However, as some state universities are in the centre of town, your original sentences gave the impression I have noted.

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