I heard the sounds of (the) people screaming

keramus

Senior Member
Persian
Hello everybody

A war victim said:
After the bombardment of the city, I heard the sounds of (the) people screaming.
On the other hand, in this book, it's written:
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I heard the sounds of people screaming.
This is my question:
Is it correct to add "the" in the sentence I wrote above?
I mean this sentence: After the bombardment of the city, I heard the sounds of (the) people screaming.
I think it's correct because I'm not talking about people in general, I'm talking about specific people. The people who live with me in the same city.

Please tell me your opinion.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    I'm not talking about people in general, I'm talking about specific people. The people who live with me in the same city.
    People who live with you in the same city are still a large group. The writer probably didn't know who was screaming - they were just people in general.

    It reads better without "the". Using "the" would suggest he was referring to a specific group of people who could be distinguished from the general population, or who had been referred to earlier.
     
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