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Why there is no definite article before "claims' in the following sentence? Does the that-clause after the plural noun 'claims' in the following sentence make it specific? Or is the noun still generic even though it has been qualified by a that-clause? Can I use the definite article here? How will the meaning change?

The union denied claims that it would call off the agitation.

Please explain.

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Because the that clause is not a relative clause, but a complement of claims.

What was claimed? That it would call off the agitation.

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