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    The people?

    Hello, everyone,
    Can one use "the" before "people" in the following sentence? (In the book there is no article.) Will there be any difference in meaning if we add "THE"?

    When La Carlotta began to sing, .... people began to talk and laugh.

    (It's about an opera performance.)

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: The people?

    You could use "the" and it would remain grammatical.


    When La Carlotta began to sing, the people began to talk and laugh.

    • To me, this implies *specific* people (i.e. in an opera audience on that particular night)


    When La Carlotta began to sing, people began to talk and laugh.

    • To me this could either mean the same as the above sentence, or also be used for a more general statement to mean "When[ever] La Carlotta began to sing, [it was so surprising/amazing/awful that] people began to talk and laugh." Only context would really clarify which was meant.

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    Re: The people?

    Thank you very much. Your explanation is perfect to me.

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