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Uses of the

May 1st, 2016 in English Learning

The definite article ‘the’ is used:

When we speak of a particular person, place or thing

  • I met the Chief Minister yesterday.
  • The driver stopped the car.

Before unique objects or natural phenomena

  • The sun rises in the east.
  • The sky is blue.

Before adjectives of the superlative degree

  • India is the biggest democracy in the world.
  • Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world.
  • She is the prettiest girl I have ever seen.
  • Solomon is the best player in the team.
  • The cheetah is the fastest animal.

Before the names of sacred books: the Bible, the Koran, the Gita, the Ramayana etc.

Before nouns referring to the people of a country

  • The Germans fought against the English in the Second World War.

Before the words first, second, third, last, next etc.

  • She is the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • The next train arrives at 6.30.

Before a singular noun representing a whole class

  • The tiger is a wild animal.
  • The rose smells sweet.
  • The lion is the king of beasts.

Before an adjective used as a noun

Examples are: the rich, the poor, the jobless, the unemployed, the blind etc.

  • The rich should help the poor.
  • The unemployed are losing hope.
  • They are collecting money for the blind.