The men/Men usually drive fast in this country

Which one should I use and please explain.

I am more inclined to "Men" but a native speaker told me to use "The men".

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    Hello @Mahmous. Welcome to ELL. Please take the tour. Also consider repeating the main sentence in your question once again, as most people do not see the title once they focus of the question. Nov 3, 2020 at 15:12
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    The men [...] if talking about particular men. Men [...] if talking in general. Nov 3, 2020 at 15:45

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The is always specific. The men in this country drive fast. [specific to the place]

[as opposed to men in other countries]

Lack of the is a generality. Men in this country drive fast. [a general category]

[as opposed to women, who, for example, drive slowly]

Many times either can be used. It depends on context.

  • The apples are good. [the ones we are eating]
  • Apples are sweet. [as opposed to lemons which are sour. General.]

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