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    Hi there,

    Please help me to choose the appropriate words in the following sentence.

    Parents (have complained/ complain) that teenagers nowadays spend a lot of time on (computers/ computer/ the computer).

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    #2

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    Peter, what would be your choices?

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    #3

    Re: computer

    hi there,

    I would choose 'complain' and 'computer or computers'

    is it correct?

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    #4

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    I would say "on the computer."

    This is a confusing use of the definite article, because it sounds like we mean a specific computer that we both know about.

    But it's really more like the definite article as in "The lion is large cat" or "The giraffe is very tall."

    I'm on the computer all day at work - it doesn't really have to refer to one particular machine, but the concept of using the computer.

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    #5

    Re: computer

    Hi there,
    Then how about 'computers'? Sometimes, singular could mean the whole thing, such as 'war'
    War will bring a lot of disaster to a country.

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    #6

    Re: computer

    Hi there,
    sorry, one more question.

    Howabout this sentence?

    Computers are very useful tools nowdays. Or
    The computer is a very useful tool nowadays.

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    #7

    Re: computer

    Either one.

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    #8

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    Hi there,
    How about the 'war' thread?

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    #9

    Re: computer

    Peter, which thread is that? Can you give me a link?

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