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    Smile Is general reference possible with "the + noun"?

    Hello! Assuming I want to make a general statement:

    1) "I like the books he reads."

    Only those that he reads now or read before, or any books he might read ever later, about which we don't know?

    2) "The listeners of this podcast are smart people."

    Is this phrase only about those people, who listen to it now, or it doesn't specify it, so its meaning can also be like saying "listeners" with no article, conveying anyone who listens, will listen etc..?

    3) "What will he do with the debts he has?"

    Can this be said if he has no any debts, with the meaning of "any debts"?

    4) "The cars he has are good"

    Can it mean that any cars he has, buys etc. are good, not only those he has now?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Is general reference possible with "the + noun"?

    Not a Teacher


    1.) I am fond of the same book like he is. (in general)

    2.) This podcast is nothing for those who are a little slow on the uptake, so only intelligent people listen to it. (in general)

    3. I have no clue what you are getting at ... "no any"??? I really do not know this phrase ...

    4.) The cars he has are good. (the cars hes got now)

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    Re: Is general reference possible with "the + noun"?

    Johnyxxx, thank you very much for your reply!)

    2.) This podcast is nothing for those who are a little slow on the uptake, so only intelligent people listen to it. (in general)
    Well, I understand that it can be a general statement.

    But why then

    4.) The cars he has are good. (the cars hes got now)

    Why can't it? I think one could say "The cars he has are usually good" - general statement (he can even have no any cars at the moment)?

    Then saying "
    The cars he has are good" can also be a general statement. Do I see it correct?
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    3. I have no clue what you are getting at ... "no any"??? I really do not know this phrase ...

    3) "What will he do with the debts he has?" - In this sentence I mean if he had any debts, what would he do? Like a general question?

    Thanks.



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