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navi
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:35:08 PM
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One person says: "In our city, a lot of people go to parks."

Another replies:

1) It's young people who do that.

2) It's the young people who do that.

Are both '1' and '2' acceptable in this context?
Do '1' and '2' have different meanings in this context?
Does '2' necessarily imply that all of them go to parks?

Gratefully,
Navi
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:15:32 PM

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Both are fine.
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:32:59 PM

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navi wrote:
One person says: "In our city, a lot of people go to parks."

Another replies:

1) It's young people who do that.

2) It's the young people who do that.

Are both '1' and '2' acceptable in this context? Yes.
Do '1' and '2' have different meanings in this context? They have virtually identical meanings.
Does '2' necessarily imply that all of them go to parks? No.

Gratefully,
Navi
navi
Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:14:10 AM
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Thank you both very much,

How about this case:

One person says: "In our city, a lot of people go to parks."

The other replies:

1) Young people do that.

2) The young people do that.

Is there a difference here?
Doesn't '2' imply that all of them go to parks?

Gratefully,
Navi
Romany
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 6:40:42 AM
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"...a lot of people go to parks." is inclusive: old people, tourists, middle aged people, small children....all kinds of people.

"It's the young people who do that." is non-inclusive: in this context it's only young people who do this - not old people, tourists, middle aged people, small children.

"(the) Young people go to parks" is inclusive: - young people, as well as old people, tourists, middle aged people, small children, go to parks.
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