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Hi,

Many times I see sentences that start with people of particular occupation and many times, the sentences have "the" infront and many times not. What are the linguistic implications of this separate treatment?

Sample sentences:

Researchers collected 8 one dollar notes.

The researchers collected 8 one dollar notes.

Are you going to say the 2nd sentence have some previous mentioning or ante-contextual precedence to warrant the placement of "the" before the word "researchers"?
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Are you going to say the 2nd sentence have some previous mentioning or ante-contextual precedence to warrant the placement of "the" before the word "researchers"?
Yes, or specificity of reference.
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Are you going to say the 2nd sentence have (has) some previous mentioning or ...?
Yes. "the" is often equivalent to "the aforementioned".

CJ