Is the first 'the' necessary in the following sentence? 'The' Chinese always cup one hand in the other to greet each other. May I say 'Chinese always cup one hand in the other to greet each other'? Thank you!
Sep 24, 2012 9:16 AM
Answers · 6
It is much better to say 'The Chinese ...'. This makes it clear you're talking about the people and not the language (or using Chinese as an adjective). You could also say 'Chinese people ...', here Chinese would be an adjective. If you said 'Chinese always ...', it would be understood, but a native would first think you are talking about the language or using it as an adjective, but the meaning would be clear from context. For nationalities that have different words for the people and the language, we don't need 'the'. Germans always ... ('The Germans ...' is also correct) German is difficult. The French always ... French is difficult.
September 24, 2012
No, you need 'the' in the first sentence. In the second sentence you need to say Chinese people.....................
September 24, 2012
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