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Is the following sentence possible when generalizing about the Geman people?

The German is a good musician. (I'd only ever accept it to speak about an individual who happens to be German and my answer was that it would be wrong to use this to generalize)

I'm asking this because the question has come up on a number of occasions lately and there hasn't been a definite answer that would support my claims.
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Thanks a lot MM. I think you're right even though, as you say, this construction (the + singular, countable, nationality noun) should be avoided because it's not common nowadays and might sound really awkward to some speakers.
Now, I didn't say that at all, Ivan. It is not awkward at all; on the contrary, I find it quite elegant. And there is no reason to avoid it. I merely said that it was literary (which is usually not awkward at all!)
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Mister MicawberNow, I didn't say that at all, Ivan. It is not awkward at all; on the contrary, I find it quite elegant. And there is no reason to avoid it. I merely said that it was literary (which is usually not awkward at all!)

Sorry about that.
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A poor sense of color is thought to be a legacy from the time our mammalian ancestors coexisted with the dinosaurs.(generic reference?)

Would you please tell the more profound reasons why we choose singular or plural nouns in such contexts?
The more profound reason is that it sounds better.
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Mister MicawberThe more profound reason is that it sounds better.

Maybe that is the best interpretation when something can't be explained in a proper way.

Once I respected you so much, dear MM.
So did my first wife, norwolf. I hope you find closure.