(the) reviews were unkind


While Dumb and Dumber To performed well at the box office, earning about $130 million over its budget, reviews were unkind.
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In your opinion, shouldn't there be the definite article there, since those are specific reviews? In mine, there should.

Thank you.
  • VicNicSor

    It's optional.

    While it made a lot of money, critics hated it. [I remember you did too, when I asked questions on this movie here:D] (Another optional "the")
    But "critics" here would be taken as "some critics", not necessarily "all". While with "reviews", he refers to all the reviews, as a category (even though not literally all the reviews were unkind):confused:


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    Not all critics reviewed the movie. Not all reviews were unkind. As JS says, it's the same basic concept. "The" is optional in both cases.
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