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I wrote the following sentence as a part of one of my essays. I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know what is the exact meaning of "the inhabitants of the world". I mean, does this refer to every living creatures including humans and animals or just only humans?


Moreover, it is the touch skills that every the inhabitant of the world would have to rely on in the future.

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inhabitant: a person or animal that lives in a particular place
— MacMillan Dictionary

CJ

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Usage examples:

The city of Landsdown has about 10,000 inhabitants.
Many of the immigrants have intermarried with the island's original inhabitants.
It was so exciting to see that our nesting box has some new inhabitants.
The zebra is an inhabitant of the semiarid grasslands of Ethiopia and northern Kenya.
You will spend most of your time searching for water if you're an inhabitant of the Gobi Dessert.
In a virtual world simulation, every inhabitant is a native of the simulated world.
As an inhabitant of inner London, I have not had a car for years and I do not miss it.
Another inhabitant of the arctic, the snowshoe hare, is well adapted to life here, too.

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dileepaMoreover, it is the touch skills that every the inhabitant of the world would have to rely on in the future.

Delete "the" before "inhabitant".

On first reading that, I took it to include animals, partly because I have no idea what touch skills are and partly because animals do inhabit the earth. If this sentence had been embedded in a paragraph that made it clear we are talking about human beings only, I would have understood it that way instead.

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Thank you very much for the answer.

What I realized from the above sample sentences is the meaning rely on the context and as long as we can imply we are talking about humans by using inhabitants rather than animals, it could make sense. Thank you very much for the answer.

Thank you very much for the answer.

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dileepaWhat I realized from the above sample sentences is that the meaning rely relies on the context ...

Correct.

You've been writing a lot of sentences lately with "is" followed by a clause. In those cases you need "that". Otherwise, the sentence is a little too confusing to read.

CJ

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