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In sentence 7) above, we can and do say Americans to indicate Americans in general, but we don’t say Japanese to indicate Japanese in general; we use the definite article with Japanesethe Japanese --  but we don’t have to use it with Americans.

 We can also use the definite article with Americans to indicate Americans in general, and we often do. There are some differences in meaning here – using the with Americans or omitting the --  which is an interesting separate discussion.  But for our purposes here, just note that we don’t say, ‘Japanese have a long life expectancy’; it has to be ‘The Japanese have a long life expectancy.

using the with Americans or omitting the --  which is an interesting separate discussion.

My question: The author says there are some differences in meaning here-using the with Americans or omitting the--,

What are the differences?

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