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    the scientist's attention generic meaning

    Could I use the definite article to convey generic meaning?

    "Never before has this problem attracted the scientist's attention." meaning many scientists' attention?
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    Re: the scientist's attention generic meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I use the definite article to convey generic meaning?

    "Never before has this problem attracted the scientist's attention." meaning many scientists' attention?
    No. Your sentence reads like it's talking about some specific scientist.

    "... attracted the attention of scientists".

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