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public - definition of public by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
There are examples: "the reading public", "the racing public" and "the book-buying public".
They all refer to a section of the public, but "the" is used. Is "the" also correct?
The book-buying public is those who buy books, so it is not the same as the example from navi tasan's thread- it's all of a group.
What's wrong with "the easily fooled public"? In a dictatorship, the public at large are easily fooled by the government.
You will encounter this often with other terms. "He writes for an intelligent readership"; "The Australian governments provide facilities for a sporty population."
Last edited by Raymott; 21-Jan-2014 at 08:06.
This new virus will devastate a susceptible population.
Why "a" and not "the"? In this case, the "population" shares something in common, but they have yet to be specifically identified. The original example is similar. The "public'" in the original shares a common characteristic, but the members of the group have not been specifically identified.
This is different from "the book-buying" public. These people have been identified by their having bought books.
"A discontented public will not be conducive to the implementation of government policy."
"The middle-class public is discontented because of the heavy taxes imposed on them."
Are they correct?
In all dictionaries, the article used before "real McCoy" is "the". Is it correct to use "a" in the sentence below?
"How to verify whether my Rolex Watch is a real McCoy or a bogus product?"