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    When refer to the people of a country, in which case we use "the", and in which case we don't?

    Examples:

    The British / British
    The Americans / Americans
    The Swiss / Swiss
    The Iraqis / Iraqis

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: the people of a country

    Quote Originally Posted by tianshan
    When refer to the people of a country, in which case we use "the", and in which case we don't?

    Examples:

    The British / British
    The Americans / Americans
    The Swiss / Swiss
    The Iraqis / Iraqis

    Thanks!
    I would use the definite article when using the term to refer to the country as a whole. Such a thing is done when making generalizations. Example: "The Americans are a gregarious people." It's tricky though, because with the example I just gave you don't really need the definite article (the). However, with British and Swiss (which don't really have singular forms) you do need the definite article (the). You might need the definite article to distinguish between groups. Example: "The Americans met with the British." You don't need "the" if you are using another qualifier. Example: "Quite a few Americans visit Canada every year."

    I hope that helps.

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