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    (the) crowds

    "Maybe they are afraid of (the) crowds and all the noise." Can one both say "the crowds" as well as "crowds" in this sentence ?

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    Re: (the) crowds

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    "Maybe they are afraid of (the) crowds and all the noise." Can one both say "the crowds" as well as "crowds" in this sentence ?
    Yes, but it would have a different meaning. "Maybe they are afraid of crowds..." means crowds in general. "the crowds" means particular crowds that we are talking about at the moment.

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    Re: (the) crowds

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, but it would have a different meaning. "Maybe they are afraid of crowds..." means crowds in general. "the crowds" means particular crowds that we are talking about at the moment.
    Would it be correct to say "Maybe they are afraid of all crowds and all noise." So no article before "noise", because one wants to mention noise in general ?

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    Re: (the) crowds

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    Would it be correct to say "Maybe they are afraid of all crowds and all noise." So no article before "noise", because one wants to mention noise in general ?
    Yes, you could say that.

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