Reply to "Usage of "the""

subhajit123 posted:

  • Hi everyone, Today we will play soccer. (The)students who want to play join me at the school ground.

I know it is better to use those or "anyone who wants to... instead of (The)students. But I want to know whether I should use the or not.

Hi, Subhajit: I'd like to clarify you're question. You want to know whether you should use what you know it is better not to use. Do I have that right? If so, would you take your own question seriously if you were me?

subhajit123 posted:
here is another example, should I use the ?
  • This notice is for (the) students who did not receive admit cards for the examinations. As you know the college issued admit card to students appearing in next week's exams. (The) Students who did not come to take admit cards yesterday are requested to take them by tomorrow.

It depends. You can use "the" or not. It doesn't matter here. Most native speakers wouldn't, unless the individuals who didn't receive the cards had been identified in the context. Here, too, you should use what you know is better: "those of you."

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