Usages of The

Uses of The

  1. To refer to something or somebody definite = ____cow; ______bird.
  2. (Familiar The) to refer to a noun used earlier = I found a gold coin but ____ coin was too old. I bought a pen but ___ pen did not write well. I saw a man but …..man didn’t see me.
  3. If the noun is definite with a phrase or clause: ____ girl wearing a blue T-shirt is my brother .___girl who came here is my sister._____ pen which I bought yesterday did not write well.
  4. Cardinal number= One, Two, Three etc.

Ordinal number = First, Second, Third etc.

Before an ordinal number = ____ first boy. _____ eighth place.____56th birthday.

  1. Before superlative degree = ____ best player. ______ highest score. ____ largest continent.
  2. Comparative as adverbs = ____more, _____merrier. ___ more you read , ___ more you learn.
  3. To denote a national name with a plural sense = ______ English. _____French.___ Chinese.

NB: I like _____ English. I like _____ English language.

  1. Common noun as abstract noun:

Mother = motherhood, beast = beastliness

____ mother rose in her. ____beast in us should be checked.

  1. Before a road= the _______ Greeb Road.__Mirpur Road.

Before a street and an avenue = ×  ____Manikmia Avenue.___Gulshan Ave. ___ Rinkin street.

  1. Some designation: ____ Principal,____President,____Headmaster,____Prime Minister
  2. Adjective referring to a whole class of people = _____poor. ____ rich. ____ brave.___the helpless, _____active,____idle.
  3. The + Noun + of = ____ name of our college. _____ importance of learning English.
  4. Nouns referring to only one thing = ____ sun.____moon.____sky.
  5. Singular common noun = ____ cow is a useful animal. ______ dog is a dangerous animal. Exception: ____ man is mortal.____woman is man’s companion.
  6. Musical instruments = ______ guitar, _______ piano, ____ concertina. _____ Harmonium.
  7. Names of rivers / Mountain ranges / gulfs / newspapers / Plural country names/ Holy books / noted public places / important events= ____padma.______Meghna._____Ganges______Black Sea. _____ Persian Gulf. _____ Himalayas. ______Quran. _____ Bible._____ Daily Star. ____ Ittefaq._____ High Court. _____ Press Club. ______ ____ French Revolution.
  8. Often before date = _____15th of May._____10th of November. December____4th. ____1st of March. August ____16th.

Omission of Articles (×)

  1. Adjective ______Noun = (×) good____ boy. Nice ____ pen. Easy ___answer.
  2. My, his, her, your, our, their, its ____ noun = (×). Their ____book.
  3. _____ Proper noun= (×). ______Karim. ______Dhaka.____Shakespear.

_____Material noun = (×)______gold._____honey.

_____Abstract noun = (×)_____education._____love._____beauty.

_____uncountable noun = (×)_____water.______sugar.

____Plural common nouns = (×). ____dogs bark. ____cows eat grass

____Plural countable nouns = (×). ____gardens. ____books.

But when they are particular, we can use the.

The Shakespear of Dhaka. The honey that I bought.  The sugar of India.

  1. ____Preposition & Verb = (×) _____ inside, ____against,____remember, ___ eat
  2. ______language = (×). ____English._____Bangla._____Arabic.
  3. ___ season, festivals = (×) .___Christmas. ___Eid-ul-Fitre.___Durga Puza.

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