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How to use Definite Article- The
In this module, you will learn how to use the definite article: ‘The’.
We use definite article ‘the’ before singular and plural countable and uncountable nouns when the nouns are particular or specific.
The definite article 'the' is used before singular and plural countable and uncountable nouns when the nouns are particular or specific. The definite article 'the' always comes before the noun.
The cat is sitting under the table.
I have found the book that I lost.
The cat is sitting under the table.
I have found the book that I lost.
Here, you can see that definite article “The” always comes before the noun.
Agnes, which one of these umbrellas is yours?
The umbrella with big black dots is mine.
The umbrella with big black dots is mine.
In the sentence used by Agnes, “umbrella” is a singular countable noun and definite article “The” has been used just before it.
The umbrella with small black dots
The umbrella with big black dots
Generally, you do not use ‘the’ with uncountable nouns when the uncountable nouns refer to something in general.
The article 'the' is not used with uncountable nouns when they refer to something in a general sense but is used when they are particular or specific.
I like to drink hot milk.
However, you use ‘the’ before uncountable nouns when the uncountable noun is particular or specific.
He wrote to the government when he was unfairly fined by the health board.
‘The’ is also used when a noun refers to something unique.
'The' is also used when a noun refers to something unique and with nouns like water, oceans, seas, rivers, deserts, gulfs, peninsulas and points on the globe.
The Sun
The Moon
‘The’ is also used with nouns like
Water
Oceans
Seas
Rivers
Deserts
Gulfs
Forests
Peninsulas
Points on the Globe
The Indian Ocean
The Sahara Desert
The Persian Gulf
‘The’ is not used with
'The' is not used with the names of countries, states, provinces, streets, cities, towns, continents, islands, lakes and mountains. But if there is a group of states, islands, lakes and mountains, 'the' is always used.
Countries
States
Provinces
Streets
Cities
Towns
Continents
Islands
Lakes
Mountains
We do not say 'The Australia'. We say 'Australia', which is the name of a country.
The Australia.
No. It's Australia.
But if there is a group of states, islands, lakes and mountains, ‘the’ is always used.
The United States of America
The Great Lakes
The Rockies Mountains
Let’s Summarise
Definite article “the” is another type of determiner, which is used to modify nouns.
It is used to mark singular and plural countable and uncountable nouns, which are particular or specific.
It always comes before singular and plural countable and uncountable nouns.
In this module, you learnt the use of the definite article 'The'.
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