Definite Article 'the'
Category : 6th Class
Definite Article: Definite Article (the) points out a particular person, animal, thing or Place. The is used before a noun beginning with a consonant or a vowel sound. Definite Article 'the': You use the when you know that the listener knows or can work out what particular person/thing you are talking about.
"The apple you ate was rotten."
"Did you lock the car?"
The is used when you have already mentioned the thing you are talking about.
Ashoka was a king. The king was great.
We use the to talk about geographical points on the globe.
The North Pole, the equator
We also use the before certain nouns when we know there is only one of a particular thing.
The rain, the sun, the wind, the world, the earth, the White House etc.
However if you want to describe a particular instance of these you should use a/an.
"I could hear the wind." / "There's a cold wind blowing."
"What are your plans for the future?"/ "She has a promising future ahead of her."
The is also used to say that a particular person or thing being mentioned is the best, most famous, etc. In this use, 'the' is usually given strong pronunciation:
"Harry's Bar is the place to go."
"You don't mean you met the Tony Blair, do you?"
The is Also Used Before the Following:
When Articles are not Used
1. We use no article when we are talking about people or things in general.
Carrots are good for you. (carrots in general)
The carrots growing in my garden are almost ready to eat. (specific carrots)
English people drink a lot of tea. (English people in general)
The English people in this hotel are very nice. (specific English people).
2. With school, university, prison, hospital, church, bed, work and home we use the when we are talking about a particular one, and no article when we are talking about the idea of school, university.
The temple on our street was built in during Mughal Period (a particular temple)
I go to temple during holidays. (the idea of temple, not a particular building)
My friend works at the Levis showroom near Connaught Place.
My friend is in Levis showroom. The work isn't finished yet.
I was feeling sick yesterday so 1 didn't go to work.
The new bed is bigger than the old one.
I put my children to bed at 8 pm.
3. We use no article with continents, countries, regions, cities, streets, mountains, lakes and parks.
Asia, Italy, California, Bristol, Main St., Lake Superior, Central Park.
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