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    Article - with or without

    Ex 1. You can read about stories of people's lives.


    Ex 2. You can read about the stories of people's lives.




    Q. Are both grammatically acceptable?
    If so, what is the difference in meaning?


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    Re: Article - with or without

    We don't generally "read about stories". We either "read stories", "read stories about" or "read about + subject".

    You can read stories of people's lives.
    You can read stories about people's lives.
    You can read about people's lives.

    If the "people" concerned have been referred to already and you know which people, then you will see "... the people's lives". You might also see "the stories" for the same reason.

    You will realise by now that there are no hard and fast rules for articles. Context and meaning are very important.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Article - with or without

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We don't generally "read about stories". We either "read stories", "read stories about" or "read about + subject".

    You can read stories of people's lives.
    You can read stories about people's lives.
    You can read about people's lives.

    If the "people" concerned have been referred to already and you know which people, then you will see "... the people's lives". You might also see "the stories" for the same reason.

    You will realise by now that there are no hard and fast rules for articles. Context and meaning are very important.
    If so, if we talking generally, the article doesn't stick, right? (meaning if we are talking about "any people," not a specific one.)

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    Re: Article - with or without

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    If so, if we talking generally, the article doesn't stick, right? (meaning if we are talking about "any people," not a specific one.)
    Correct.

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