I am very perplexed. I saw this in an article:
- "Fairuza plays Stacia, a tough young woman who's the passenger on a bus that breaks down on the way to Spokane."
I thought saing this means she is the only passenger, but it it obviously not the case.
- Duty to the passenger on a bus, adult or child, begins when the person boards that vehicle.
Why "the" here? It is obviously not the only possible passenger on a bus.
2) Talking generally:
- "It will cause harm the passengers on a bus"
Well, passengers can be used with "the" because we do have specific passengers in mind - those on a general bus, BUT - does it specify the quantity of passengers I talk about? Can it mean that I talk about some of them?
- "It will cause harm the passenger on a bus"
As we are talking about any passenger that is specific because he is a passenger of a bus, can we use "the passenger" talking generally? And does it say anything whether it is the only passenger who is traveling on a bus? Can it mean one of them?