ARTICLE ‘THE’

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ARTICLE ‘THE’:

ARTICLE ‘THE ’ By : misterhadi

We use the definite article ‘the’ with singular count nouns, plural count nouns, and non-count nouns when both the speaker and listener are thinking about the same specific thing.:

We use the definite article ‘the’ with singular count nouns, plural count nouns, and non-count nouns when both the speaker and listener are thinking about the same specific thing.

Example ::

Example : I bought a grammar book and a dictionary. The grammar book is thin but the dictionary is thick. I saw a man and a woman. Both the man and the woman were wearing jeans. He said an English word but I’m not familiar with the word.

We use ‘THE’ for most common nouns.:

We use ‘THE’ for most common nouns. Examples : My uncle lives in the village . I’m going to see the doctor . They prefer working in the city . We can see elephants in the zoo .

We use ‘THE’ before a singular noun used as representative of entire class of things.:

We use ‘THE’ before a singular noun used as representative of entire class of things. Examples : The tiger is the largest cat . When was the telephone invented? The girrafe is the tallest animal. Can you operate the computer ?

We use ‘THE’ before superlative adjective (adjective+est/most +adjective):

We use ‘THE’ before superlative adjective (adjective+est/most +adjective) Examples : China is the biggest country in the world . Who is the richest man in your country? What is the most difficult problem here? Dewi is the most beautiful girl in our school .

We use ‘THE’ before ordinal number (first, second, third, etc...):

We use ‘THE’ before ordinal number (first, second, third, etc...) Examples : Sunday is the first day of the week. His office is on the second floor. The third winners will get bronze medal. Have you ever heard about ‘Friday the 13th ’?

We use ‘THE’ + adjective without noun (rich, poor, etc...) to talk about group of people.:

We use ‘THE’ + adjective without noun (rich, poor, etc...) to talk about group of people. Examples : Do you think the rich should pay higher taxes? We can help the poor by donating some money. The old disagree with the goverment ‘s plan. Are there any facilities for the disabled ?

We use ‘THE’ + nationality (French, English, Spanish, etc...) to talk about group of people of a nation.:

We use ‘THE’ + nationality (French, English, Spanish, etc...) to talk about group of people of a nation. Examples : People say the French are very romantic. The English are famous for their coffee. The Swedish are proud of their ancestors. The Chinese use chopstics for eating rice.

We use ‘THE’ before the expression of time and position (morning, bottom, end, past, etc...) .:

We use ‘THE’ before the expression of time and position (morning, bottom, end, past, etc...) . Examples : Do you often watch TV in the morning ? We left Surabaya at the middle of September. This program was forbidden in the past . Many passangers sit on the top of the train.

We use ‘THE’ when there is only one or unique (sun, moon, earth, etc...):

We use ‘THE’ when there is only one or unique (sun, moon, earth, etc...) Examples : The earth goes round the sun . There are a lot of stars in the sky . I swear by the moon and the stars. Have you ever crossed the equator ?

We use ‘THE’ + family name/last name (the family of ...) to talk about a group of a family. :

We use ‘THE’ + family name/last name (the family of ...) to talk about a group of a family. Examples : The Smiths spent their vacation in Bali. Are the Johnsons having dinner? We also invited the Harahaps . The Yudhoyonos ’ favorite food is kerupuk .

Other uses of ‘THE’ :

Other uses of ‘THE’ After the word ‘play’ for musical instrument : Can you play the guitar ? Is he watching TV or listening to the radio ? The bell and the phone rang at the same time. After the word ‘listen to’ for ‘radio’ : Before the word ‘same’:

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