The article the
Carla M.
em 23 de Maio de 2019

An article is a word that combines with a noun. Articles are actually adjectives because they describe the nouns that they precede. In English, there are only three articles: thea, and an. However, the three are not interchangeable; rather, they are used in specific instances. This lesson will provide the definition, useful rules and examples of the definite article “The”.

Definite Article THE | Definition

The definite article is the word “the”. It is used before a noun to specify it as something previously considered.

Definite Article THE | Rules

* Use “the” after you have talked about it the first time. For example:

  • This is a dog. The dog is brown.

* Use “the” when the person you are talking to already knows what you are talking about. For example:

  • I am going to the bank.
  • There is someone knocking at the door. It must be the computer repairman. I called him to come help fix my computer.

* Use “the” when you talk about general places in nature like the lake, the mountains, the ocean, the beach, etc. For example:

  • Let’s go to the beach.
  • I love to camp in the mountains.

* Use “the” when you are talking about something that there is only one of and everyone knows about it. The sky, the earth, the stars (as a group). For example:

  • How many people are there on the Earth?
  • The sky is so beautiful today.
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