# Correlation between articles and time

I noticed that there's some connection between time and how defined a noun is. I want to test this theory I am a teacher in college. My class consits of 30 students, but only 22 of them attend regularly. Only I know that, the listener doesn't have these numbers.

I appreciate THE students who attend my lectures

I appreciate students who attend my lectures

When I have in mind those 22 students, who attend my lectures regularly this year, I should use #1 And when I am speaking about any students of any year I would use #2

#1 Implies that I appreciate only the students who are currently enrolled in my class and attend it regularly (this year, cause my class lasts 1 year)

#2 Implies that I appreciate all students who attend my classes, regardless of year. Students who will be attending regularly next year will also be appreciated And students who attended regularly 5 years ago also will be appreciated. If one of the students who hasn't been attending changes their ways and starts attending, I will appreciate them too.

1. Is that Interpretation correct?
2. If it's correct, do I have to change #1 into Present Continuous, since I am talking about the current period of time?
• There is zero correlation between time and articles. That's not how they work. Generally, we say the for specific students so the first is fine. The second is fine too. I appreciate large cars. I appreciate the large car sitting in my driveway. The is specific, plural countables are general. The students means those that attend. Students that attend is just general. I like apples on the table. Commented Jun 12 at 22:25