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    Definitions and Article Use

    Are concepts/terms in singular and plural form defined in a generic or definite way, and why?

    I am still on definitions and Article Use. Please help look at the following:

    (a) Policy outputs refer to the formal actions that governmen take to pursue their goals.
    (b) Government refers to the institutions and political processes by which decisions are made.
    (c) Politics is the issue positions that different groups of people adopt and the actions they take to promote their values.

    Will it be better to define the concepts as following:
    (d) Policy outputs refer to formal actions that governmen take to pursue their goals.
    (e) Government refers to institutions and political processes by which decisions are made.
    (f) Politics is issue positions that different groups of people adopt and actions they take to promote their values.

    If (d), (e), and (f) are not the same in meaning as (a), (b), and (c) respectively, what in the statements [(a), (b), and (c)] makes the boldened words definite?

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    Re: Definitions and Article Use

    Quote Originally Posted by kooiu View Post
    are concepts/terms in singular and plural form defined in a generic or definite way, and why?

    I am still on definitions and article use. Please help look at the following:

    (a) policy outputs refer to the formal actions that governmen take to pursue their goals.
    (b) government refers to the institutions and political processes by which decisions are made.
    (c) politics is the issue positions that different groups of people adopt and the actions they take to promote their values.

    Will it be better to define the concepts as following:
    (d) policy outputs refer to formal actions that governmen take to pursue their goals. either with or without 'the' is ok.
    (e) government refers to the institutions and political processes by which decisions are made.
    (f) politics is the issue positions [sounds strange as a definition of politics] that different groups of people adopt and the actions they take to promote their values.

    If (d), (e), and (f) are not the same in meaning as (a), (b), and (c) respectively, what in the statements [(a), (b), and (c)] makes the boldened words definite?

    the meaning is the same with or without 'the'.
    general when you are defining something, you'd use 'the'. The 'policy outputs' sentence sounds more like an explanation than a definition.

    r.

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