I have looked up Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary but I still don’t get it!

general ideas

  • I can't find any relevant page with a site-specific search for "general ideas" on oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com. It seems unlikely to me that they would say the ordinary plural noun newspapers is an example of article-less usages generally involving abstract/uncountable "concepts". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 23 '18 at 15:39
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    Please don't make the entire body of your question one giant image. Images can't be searched, and they're unfriendly to users with vision problems or on slow internet connections. – stangdon Apr 23 '18 at 16:02

A general idea: music. A specific idea: the music of Mozart.

A general idea: exams. A specific idea: the exam I sit tomorrow.


It suggests that you can't use it when making generalisations; for instance:

  • I like music. (General fact.)
  • I like the music. (= which music?)

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