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    groups of people and english articles

    Dear Sirs,

    What are the rules for using articles with groups of people such as:

    nationalities ending with -i like: Irani, Iraqui, Azerbaijani etc.
    ethnic groups: Blackfeet, Crows, Iroquois, Seneca, Beduins, Tuaregs etc.
    non-existent groups: Vikings, Picts, Normans, Saxons, Cimbri, Greeks (ancient), Romans (ancient), Incas, Victorians, Elizabethans, American Pilgrims etc.
    ideological groups: communists, bolsheviks, republicans, conservatives, nazis, labourers, wigs, torries, impressionists (french impressionists), surrealists, pre-raphaelists, stoics etc.
    religious groups: muslims, christians + carmelites, madeleines, templars, puritans, sikhs, talibans etc.
    mythological groups: titans, cyclops, amazons (non-counted groups unlike the muses, the erinyes)


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    Nationalities tend not to take an article, unless being specific. Tribes usually do. The non-existent groups do too. Ideological and religious groups depend on whether talking in general of being specific. Mythological groups generally take the article.

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