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    A question concerning articles. "The lawyers" or merely "lawyers"?

    The Wal-Mart case, for example, has stretched for a decade, with lawyers and the legal foundation that brought the case expecting to receive some portion of the back pay for 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employees if they eventually won the case in court or reached a settlement.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/business/21class.html
    Hello, everyone.

    Are we talking about specific lawyers, which, here, refer to those involved in this Wal-Mart class action, as opposed to lawyers in general?

    I feel a definite article is missing here.

    Many thanks

    Richard

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    Re: A question concerning articles. "The lawyers" or merely "lawyers"?

    Articles are tricky. There could be lawyers involved who did not BRING the case but partcipated in some other way. If you said only "the lawyers ... that brought the case" you would be limiting it to a very few lawyers. Saying only "lawyers" doesn't really mean "any lawyer in the world." Although it does mean a certain group of lawyers, exactly which ones are not defined.

    (This case is actually very person to me. One of the lawyers who DID bring the case is my brother-in-law.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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