"People" or "the people"? Which one is correct grammatically?

"People" are commenting the president's new resolutions. 

"The people" are commenting the president's new resolutions. 

6 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    The people means a specific group of persons, of individuals.  People without the "the" means people in general, anyone.  In this example (despite the other error in the sentence), it would be very surprising if you truly meant a particular group of people (THE people) rather than people in general.  Which people would you mean by THE people? You have not said, so it is not expected or truly correct to use "the".

    It might be stated in context.  The people of the press could be the people you mean, perhaps, although you would much more likely say "the press" rather than "the people".

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Idiomatically, the normal form would be: "People are commenting on......"  Note 'on'.

    If there was a huge national debate, then: "The people are commenting on....."

    "Resolutions" is not really the right word, unless they were his "New Year's Resolutions".  "Statements" or "decisions" could be used.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Both are, but the choice is up to the speaker or writer.

  • 1 month ago

    In general references, " people" will do but if "people" are to be stressed upon, the definite article " the" must be placed in front of it.

    Nowadays people prefer watching t.v. to listening to radio.

    The people coming here to meet you are really soft-headed..

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Either can be correct depending on context. 

  • IOM
    Lv 7
    1 month ago


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