Und die Leute? Was werden die sagen?

English Translation

And the people? What will they say?

This is clearly “die [Leute]” with the omitted noun implied. Can someone provide other examples of when the article is preferred over the pronoun?

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You can use the article if you want to stress the subject, often in opposite to another one.
“Im Radio war nichts. Und das Fernsehen, was sagt das?”
" …es." would not sound good here.
In these cases the article is used like and sounds like a demonstrative pronoun.
As a rule for the above sentence:
If you stress the “they” in the spoken English sentence, you will use the article in German.

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