Can anyone please tell me if I can omit the in the following sentence? Is the in the following sentence optional?

  • (The) villagers in this village are very rich because they use modern technology for cultivation.

And one more question, I was watching a cricket match and I heard a commentator (a native speaker) saying "The match is in an interesting stage. Indian fans are shouting for Virat Kohli and his team." Don't you think it should be "the Indian fans are shouting for Virat Kohli and his team." because the commentator perhaps was talking about the people present in the stadium. This is not the only case. Many times I have seen in live reporting and news paper reporting, news reporters often omit the.

Some days ago in a news channel a reporter was giving reports to his anchor saying "You can see people are chanting slogans in front of the parliament and police are trying to stop them." I think it should be ".....the people are trying to......" because the people in this case were specific and the people who were present there.

Can anyone please explain this?


If you wrote "Villagers in this village", a native speaker would think you are trying to distinguish "villagers" from other residents, or villagers here from villagers of other villages. Let me try it with different nouns.

Dentists in New York are well paid compared to the garbagemen.


Dentists in New York are well paid compared to dentists in Detroit.

But I don't think you are trying to draw any sort of comparison; you are just trying to explain their prosperity, so use the definite article the to keep from seeming to imply a comparison.

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