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The youth are encouraged to participate in the community activities.

The youngsters ...

The young ...

Hi,

Do all of the above sound right and mean about the same to you?

Besides, is "The" optional or must it be deleted? Thanks.
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They mean the same, but don't have the same frequency. Check GB (Google Books).
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Thanks, Marius.

To make sure, is "The" in the first sentence optional or must it be deleted? Thanks.