the ghosts of the dead

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artart
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the ghosts of the dead

Postby artart » 2021-01-03, 6:49

Are all of these sentences grammatically correct?

a. "That man claims he talks to angels."
b. "That man claims he talks to the angels."
c. "That man claims he talks to ghosts of the dead."
d. "That man claims he talks to the ghosts of the dead."


Does 'the' change anything ?

Do b and d mean that he claims that he talks to all angels/all of the ghosts of the dead?

Could a and c be used if he claims that he talks to all angels/all of the ghosts of the dead?

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Re: the ghosts of the dead

Postby Rí.na.dTeangacha » 2021-01-03, 15:12

They are all technically (grammatically) correct.
A sounds like it describes a general ability to talk to angels. B sounds like there were specific angels that had been mentioned previously that he was talking to. e.g.:

"Tom claims he talks to angels. The other day he was visited by five angels in his home, and believe it or not, he actually claims he talked to the angels."

For the second set of sentences, "the ghosts of the dead" sounds like it can be both general and specific, so the formulation in C just sounds slightly less natural than D, though still possible.
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