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Offline azz

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people are doing strange things
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:56:01 am »
A. People are doing strange things recently.

Does 'people' in this sentence mean
a. all people
b. most people
c. some people

B. People talk in a strange way to me.

Does 'people' in this sentence mean
a. all people
b. most people
c. some people

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Re: people are doing strange things
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 07:12:02 am »
Hi azz
 
I think the number of people is left open on purpose in these sentences. It certainly doesn't mean "all" as an absolute.
 
You use such a phrase to express that you feel almost everybody acting like this but perfectly well know that it is a deception and the true number is much smaller. It is a way of exaggerating and thereby putting extra emphasis on the subject.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: people are doing strange things
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2013, 02:42:45 pm »
c and c
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Re: people are doing strange things
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 11:14:31 am »
Thank you both very much.

What do you think of these

1. Dogs don't like me.
2. Children enjoy bad movies.
3. People do strange things.

Does the plural noun include

a. ALL
b. MOST
c. SOME

of the things it refers to?

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Re: people are doing strange things
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 11:34:50 am »
SOME. As Britta pointed out, these are not to be taken literally. They are exaggerations.