Plural and uncountable nouns with and without the

Определенный артикль the обычно не используется перед существительным, когда имеем в виду что-то в целом, вообще:

– Scientists are so clever I’m afraid to speak to them.

– I don’t like cats.

– I like handball and chess.

– Life means everything to me.

– My favourite subject at school is literature.

Запомните: most people, most things.

– Most people like to watch TV.

The потребляется, когда мы имеем в виду что-то конкретное:

– We went into the garden. The flowers were wonderful.

– Children like playing.

– Tom took the children to the Zoo.

– I like all cars.

– The cars we saw were the latest model.

Разница между чем-то в обобщающем значении и чем-то конкретным не всегда четко ясна.

Например:

– Does he like tea?

– Does he like strong tea?

– Does he like the tea?



Plural and uncountable nouns with and without the