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    #1

    __ policemen must/... the policemen must

    In the following sentence the speaker means "policemen in general". Do we need an article with the word "policemen"?

    I believe ___ policemen must make teenagers pick up the litter they have dropped.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: __ policemen must/... the policemen must

    No article is needed.

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    #3

    Re: __ policemen must/... the policemen must

    Only policemen? What about all those policewomen? Are they allowed to ignore litterers?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: __ policemen must/... the policemen must

    I am not a teacher.

    If you use 'police officers' or 'the police' everyone will be happy.

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    #5

    Re: __ policemen must/... the policemen must

    How about 'constables'?

    Not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: __ policemen must/... the policemen must

    No. That is a specific grade in the police force.

    In BrE, we would just say "I think the police should make people pick up litter they drop". I don't see why the piece picked on teenagers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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