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Consider this sentence by me

Considering these issues, today, there is a trend toward using document understanding and spatial reasoning to capture the conceptual structure of (a web page/web pages/ the page)

Considering context the page can refer to a web page (?). Now, my question is which of these make the sentence more general? I mean when you speak in general you prefer to say, for example, babies or a baby or the baby in

Babies usually cry almost two hours a day.

A baby usually cries almost two hours a day.

The baby usually cries almost two hours a day. Don't panic.


Another example:

We simulate the way a human user scans a web page/the page to find specific data.

  • I think you can add "the babies", too – Cardinal Aug 26 '15 at 20:34
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Considering these issues, today, there is a trend toward using document understanding and spatial reasoning to capture the conceptual structure of a web page.

-- tells me we're talking of any web page, and, essentially, all of them.

Considering these issues, today, there is a trend toward using document understanding and spatial reasoning to capture the conceptual structure of web pages.

-- now, this one strangely talks of capturing the structure of more than one page (at a time?). I think it's because 'structure' is singular and 'pages' is plural.

Considering these issues, today, there is a trend toward using document understanding and spatial reasoning to capture the conceptual structure of the page.

-- can probably used interchangeably with the first, since your entire article is about web pages. An alternative composition is

Considering... to capture the page conceptual structure.

(although it's probably no better, especially because it's unclear what 'the' defines, the page or the structure).

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With no article is the most general.

Web pages

That's not to say that in the right context, using an article isn't general. In your sentence about a baby, I would argue that that is more or less as general as babies. On the other hand, the generally narrows us down to something more specific.

The baby (the one lying in front of us) usually cries almost two hours a day.

So, in short, I think you're best off using web pages if your objective is to be general:

... to capture the conceptual structure of web pages (generally)

Though the other options are entirely valid too:

... to capture the conceptual structure of a web page (e.g. like the one we're going to see as an example in just a second)

... to capture the conceptual structure of the page (e.g. we showed you in the previous tutorial)

Just not as good if generality is your goal.

  • In the choices given there is no "the web page", only "the page". – Victor Bazarov Aug 26 '15 at 20:36
  • Semantics, sir! – JMB Aug 26 '15 at 20:42

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