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    (The/A) government should enact strong policies...

    a. Government policies had a negative impact on the lives of citizens. (Ivy English magazine)
    b. Government should enact strong policies to ensure a good quality of life for its citizens. (Ivy English magazine)

    Are the two sentences correct? I think we should "the" before "government" in both sentences.
    Like this:
    a. The government policies had a negative impact on the lives of citizens.
    b. The government should enact strong policies to ensure a good quality of life for its citizens.

    However, the government that the original context refer to is not a specific one, it all governments in general. So, can I still say THE government in this case?

    How about these ones?
    a. Government policies had a negative impact on the lives of citizens.
    b. A government should enact strong policies to ensure a good quality of life for its citizens.

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    Re: (The/A) government should enact strong policies...

    The original sentence a is correct. If refers to government in general. I don't like sentence b, but I think it's OK in BrE. I'd prefer Governments should enact strong policies to ensure a good quality of life for their citizens.

    Adding articles changes the meaning of the sentences. Your second two sentences are also correct; the definite article means that we're talking about specific policies in a and a specific government in b.

    In the third pair of sentences, a is unchanged from the original. B is correct, and phrases the sentence another way that my AmE ears would prefer to hear it.
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    Re: (The/A) government should enact strong policies...

    All six sentences are correct and natural.

    Using "the" tells us which policies (a) or which government (b). Using "a" makes it a general comment about all governments. When you don't use "the" or "a," you're also making a general comment.
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