Student or Learner
For below two sentences:
- Therefore, this cannot be the responsibility of the parents alone.
- Educating children to understand the need to obey rules and respect others always begins in the home and is widely thought to be the responsibility of parents.
Why sometimes there is a "the" used before "parents", but sometimes not? Could any one tell the difference? Thanks a lot.
A child’s education has never been about learning information and basic skills only. It has always included teaching the next generation how to be good members of society. Therefore, this cannot be the responsibility of the parents alone.
And this is the first paragraph of the whole essay, so "parents" was not mentioned anywhere prior to this. Therefore, it seems to me this first sentence is also referring to parents in general. Could you help answer more? Thanks!
If I saw some children loitering at the mall, I might say, "Someone should really talk with the parents about these truant kids!" I wouldn't say, "Someone should really talk with parents about these truant kids!" because we know which parents we are referring too, even if it hasn't come up before.
Thank you both! Does it mean "the parents" can be used either for general or for specific parents? So can I say using "the" would always be correct, although without "the" would be more precise when referring to parents in general?
Or do you mean the first sentence is actually not so good in this context?