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    Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?

    Hello to everybody!!
    Can someone tell me whether the use of the article "the" is necessary when i speak about Nationality?

    Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?
    Do I say "the French" or "French"?

    Thank you!!!

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    Hi francescazzurra,

    You're going to hate this answer but... it all depends on context! Can you give us some examples?
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    Re: Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?

    Yes, it really does depend on context.

    I.e., you could say

    I love French. [short for, "I love the French Language."]
    I love the French. [short for, "I love French people" ]
    I love French people. [ "I love French people in general"]
    I love the French people (here). ["I love these particular French people"]

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    Re: Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?

    I think it's safe to say, you'd say "the French people" over "French people" when you're referring to a specific grouping of French people.

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    Re: Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?

    I agree.

    However to be polite, the article "the" should be used. In writing, for example, the sentence, "French People went there." can be regarded as slightly rude.
    It all depends on how formal you would like to be.

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    Re: Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by frenchyfries View Post
    I agree.

    However to be polite, the article "the" should be used. In writing, for example, the sentence, "French People went there." can be regarded as slightly rude.
    It all depends on how formal you would like to be.
    No, it is not really a question of politeness; it means different things with or without the definite article.

    French people went there. Some people who are French went there.
    The French people went there. All the people who are French went there.
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    Re: Do I say "the French people" or "French people"?

    Thank you.. I'm a bit confused now, but thank you anyway for all your answers!!

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