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In our grammar class, we encountered a sentence which we found unclear:

Gorkon responded, "Unfortunately not. Several individuals nations on Green have developed the bomb and other deadly

weapons.So far they have avoided using the weapons against each other, and now there is a sort of uneasy peace.

Is the bomb referring to a specific bomb, a unique one or bombs in general?

I think the bomb refers to a specific bomb, because the text does not mention those words in other parts of the passage.

Can you help me?
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As Past Simple says, "the bomb" refers to the ability to construct and detonate a nuclear bomb.

Please, let's not have more discussion about about what could have been meant. In any discussion about countries building up weapons, "the bomb" means "having nuclear capabilities."
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Carlin In our grammar class, we encountered a sentence which we found unclear:

Gorkon responded, "Unfortunately not. Several individuals nations on Green have developed the bomb and other deadly

weapons.So far they have avoided using the weapons against each other, and now there is a sort of uneasy peace.

Is the bomb referring to a specific bomb, a unique one or bombs in general?

I think the bomb refers to a specific bomb, because the text does not mention those words in other parts of the passage.

Can you help me?
The bomb means nuclear bomb.
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Carlin
In our grammar class, we encountered a sentence which we found unclear:

Gorkon responded, "Unfortunately not. Several individuals nations on Green have developed the bomb and other deadly

weapons.So far they have avoided using the weapons against each other, and now there is a sort of uneasy peace.

Is the bomb referring to a specific bomb, a unique one or bombs in general?

I think the bomb refers to a specific bomb, because the text does not mention those words in other parts of the passage.

Can you help me?

[Well, first, next time try to retype the example precisely as it is given in the text.]

You develop something new. So the bomb is very likely something new, a specific item, that is why the bomb. If the bomb means a plural, bombs, then we should understand develop better as collect.
Below is my attampt, which can be scanty or even wrong.

Of course, each country developed its own Nuclear or H-Bomb. But the author probably means the technique (or the ability) of producing this type of weapon. The same scientific and technical breakthrogh, which allowed for the creation of the atomic bomb, is meant.

Compare to:
«Speaking of Russia and USA, both countries have developed a main battle tank».

Here the tanks, and the ways of the development and creation whereof, are very very different. Each country has its own unique tank, thus the indefinite article is used.
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