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

general ideas

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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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