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“ask the gays”

Hi everyone, I’ve got an interesting question from my student:

Trump’s “ask the gays” statement:

- what exactly is wrong with it grammatically?

Thanks!

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It's like saying, "Ask the blacks" or "Ask the whites". Not everyone think alike.

Devansell89 August 8, 2016, 3:01pm

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Technically the grammar is ok; it is just that by using "the" one almost tends to suggest that all gays are one homogenous group who think alike. There is a discussion about this here:
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=26223

jayles the unread July 23, 2016, 10:31am

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