@Gustavo, Co-Moderator posted:
- These books are books that you should read.
- These ideas are ideas that will not help you.
Thank you so much. I think I learned something very important that I haven't fully realized: the concept of an open or closed classification. It is really helpful. I might have made the same mistake if I had tired to write the sentence you gave . So far I have thought I have to use <the> in such sentence because I thought if the relative clause modifies the noun, the noun has to be specific with <the>. But thanks to your teaching, I I understand the example sentence you give is an open classification and that the use of <the> here is dependent on the writer's choice or mind and the situation.
Could I ask you to explain the concept a little bit more for my clear understanding using the example you gave below?
These books are books that you should read.
These books are the books that you should read.