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    Question for the Americans or question for Americans?

    Hello, I would like to understand what is the difference between:
    A. I have a question for the Americans.
    B. I have a question for Americans.

    What is the meaning with "the" and without it?


    As well as -

    The Americans want a good life
    Americans want a good life

    Thanks.

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    Re: Question for the Americans or question for Americans?

    If you mean Americans in general, use no article. If you mean a specific group of Americans, then use the definite article.

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    Re: Question for the Americans or question for Americans?

    In a war like World War II, the different nationalities in the Allied Forces were referred to as the Americans, the British, etc.
    I am not a teacher.

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