I don't understand what rule should we apply for the phrase.

On the one hand, there are many general truths, so we need to use a article.

The fact that you're reading this is a general truth.

I googled the phrase and find out that almost all people use the phrase without an article.

Can there be empirical evidence for general truth?

And, as far as I've understood, we should use the when we're talking about same general truth in two or more sentences.

Please, clarify when I should use an article with the phrase and which one for what situation.


Going from A something to a THE something:

A general truth can be a very simple idea but difficult to follow.

For example, a watched pot never boils. A pot with water in it you are watching as it boils.

The pot [the one I mentioned above as a general proposition] does not boil is just a perception; the water or liquid in it will, in fact, boil at some point but will seem like a long time if you are watching it instead of doing something else while it getting to the boiling poin.

No article is used with about abstract nouns; an article would be used only if the abstract notion is in the form X of Y. The beauty of this principle is that it is simple.

Truth is difficult to understand even though philosophers have discussed it through the ages.

Beauty is a hallmark of Renaissance painting.

Rudeness on the telephone can come back to haunt you.

They achieved great **insight into the problem**.

You can add adjectives to the abstract nouns but they still do not take a or the. The public statues in Ancient Greece were known for their great beauty.

But here we have an exception: truth can be an abstract uncountable noun or it can be countable.

For example: "Truth is difficult to understand" versus A truth about him is that he is very clever, in fact. [general] Also: In life, general truths [countable] are hard to accept. BUT: The truth of the matter is that I don't like strawberries. [x of y, abstract noun].

The fact that you're reading this is a general truth. [countable noun, general statement]

Can there be empirical evidence for general truth? [abstract noun, no article].

The general truth of the experience was that I hated it. [abstract noun in the X of Y form].

Finally, a truth can be the truth if it is specific to a situation: The truth is one has to work really hard to sort out the use of articles versus no articles in English.

The idea here is: there is a specific truth to the situation regarding use of articles versus no articles in English.

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