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    The emotion that causes distraction

    Guys, please help. I got confused...
    There is a title of an article:

    "The emotion that causes distraction"

    How would English speakers interpret it?
    Does it mean that there is only one emotion that causes distraction at all, or here is it about one specific emotion among many that cause distraction?

    Thanks.

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    Re: The emotion that causes distraction

    It would all depend on the content of the article. On one hand, I think we would all agree that there are several emotions which can cause distraction, for example: fear, anger, anxiety and joy. On the other hand, the author may be concentrating on one particular emotion which he/she considers to be particularly affecting in this respect.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: The emotion that causes distraction

    Thanks Grumpy. And if the author wants to talk about another emotion of this time, can he write in a text something like: "Now I want to tell about the emotion that also causes distraction, but it does it in another way." - As if there is another such an emotion which is also particularly affecting, so the definite article is used several times? Will it be correct?

    In another thread I was told that we can't say "The reasons for it are... The reasons also are...". But what is it with the context I provided above? What do you think? I really try to take the grasp of it but still with no significant result

    Thanks.

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    Re: The emotion that causes distraction

    Is this the title of an actual article that you have seen? If so, please post a link to it.

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