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Forum: English Questions Sep 14th, 2010, 01:50 am
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Posted By susan53
Re: Generic reference the

In this case, the Communicative Grammar's explanation demonstrates exactly why "the" is not possible in your sentence. However, if you're still not convinced, just ask any native speaker whether "the...
Forum: English Questions Sep 9th, 2010, 05:27 am
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Re: Generic reference the

This explanation is true and describes how the form reflects the meaning, but doesn't deal with use. Have a look at the Communicative Grammar again (in my very old edition it's section 74, but if you...
Forum: English Questions Sep 8th, 2010, 10:17 am
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Posted By susan53
Re: Generic reference the

No. Generic reference can be expressed by "the", but only to refer to a species or group- eg : One animal in danger of extinction is the tiger.

Here you are not talking about owning a whole species,...
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