Half-general phrase in the use of articles

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albertino

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I would be appreciate it if you could tell me what the meaning of "half-general" phrase is in the following example, so that the definite article is not used in front of these kinds of words:

"(The) Modern children have been indulged in playing (the) online computer games these days.

A thousand thanks.
 

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Not all children, but modern children and not all computer games, but online ones; they are both restricted but still general enough not to require an article. ;-)
 
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