I came across this sentence in Duolingo. 'The parents like the cheese.' which sounds wrong to me... Shouldn't it be accompanied by a pronoun My/Your/Everyone?.

I reported it as a problem... I would like to know if I'm right/wrong.

It seems acceptable in the context of biology. If you were talking about bacteria.

  • 1
    It would also be acceptable in the context of a school fundraising dinner. But I'm not sure what your question is. – JHCL Sep 30 '15 at 13:25
  • Can you give a full sentence alternative? Also, ask on Duolingo, they have lots of people thinking about exactly your kinds of problems with their sentences. – Mitch Sep 30 '15 at 15:03
  • The full sentence was 'The parents like the cheese.' I was expecting something like 'My parents like the cheese', or 'All the parents like the cheese' or ''The parents liked the cheese'. I think it just sounds strange in a simple sentence with no context. – Lex Sep 30 '15 at 15:16

I understand your point: in most cases, the word parents will be preceded by a possessive pronoun. However, there are still plenty of cases in which it will be preceded by the. It isn't even unusual.

At Hypatia's birthday party, cheese is brought in. The children hate the cheese, but the parents like the cheese.

| improve this answer | |

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.