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    #1

    ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thank you in advance.
    A: You should ignore the rumor because it may be a fake one.
    B: You should ignore rumors because they may be fake ones.
    C: You should ignore a rumor whatever it is because it may be a fake one.
    These 3 are of my own making for confirming what kind of determiner follows the verb "ignore".
    I think verbs like "ignore, confirm, consider, take account of, include, exclude, remember, forget -----" are usually followed by definite noun phrases, but when in a general or habitual setting, they are followed by plural nouns with no article.
    Am I right?

    However, I'm not sure in B. B sounds a bit odd to me. Would it be all right?
    I used "a rumor" as meaning "any rumor".

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    #2

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    Try:

    You should ignore the rumor, because it's false

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    #3

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    Thank you Tarheel. Do you mean "ignore" is always followed by definite noun phrases?

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    #4

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    All of your sentences would be more natural with simply the adjective, and we generally use 'false' rather than 'fake' with 'rumor':

    A: You should ignore the rumor because it may be false.
    B: You should ignore rumors because they may be false.
    C: You should ignore a rumor whatever it is because it may be false.

    A - You are speaking of a rumor that is known to you and the person you are speaking to.
    B and C - You are speaking about rumors in general

    Even with my changes, I don't find any of the sentences particularly natural. One of the main points about a rumor is that we know the information may not be true, so the sentences could end after 'rumor(s)'.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 11-Jun-2019 at 09:46. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #5

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    ----Thank you Piscean. You mean "because it / they may be false" is unnecessary, don't you?
    Then how about this? ;
    D: The police are confirming the rumor about the murder case.
    E: Some people don't confirm rumors at all, thinking it's not worthwhile.
    F: You need not confirm a rumor of that kind. Don't get involved.
    Right?
    By the way can the same be said with "confirm, consider, take account of, include, exclude, remember, forget, pay attention to, take care of, take notice of, focus ---"?
    Last edited by magic dragon; 11-Jun-2019 at 06:20.

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    #6

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Jun-2019 at 08:08.

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    #7

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    The police don't confirm murders- they investigate murders. E & F don't work either. Instead of taking a list of synonyms from a dictionary, test the word rumour in context and see which verbs are used with it.

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    #8

    Re: ignore the rumor / ignore rumors / ignore a rumor

    Thank you Tdol, I will.

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