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thedeterminer

uk   us   strong /ðiː/ weak /ðə/

the determiner (PARTICULAR)

A1 used before nouns to refer to particular things or people that have already been talked about or are already known or that are in a situation where it is clear what is happening: I just bought a new shirt and some new shoes. The shirt was quite expensive, but the shoes weren't. Please would you pass the salt. I'll pick you up at the station.A1 used before some nouns that refer to place when you want to mention that type of place, without showing exactly which example of the place you mean: We spent all day at the beach. Let's go to the movies this evening. I must go to the bank and change some money.A1 used before noun phrases in which the range of meaning of the noun is limited in some way: I really enjoyed the book I've just finished reading. Do you like the other students in your class?A1 used to refer to things or people when only one exists at any one time: What will happen in the future? After I leave college, I want to travel round the world. They live in the north of Spain. Ed Koch was for many years the mayor of New York. When we went to Paris, we went up the Eiffel Tower.A2 used before superlatives and other words, such as "first" or "only" or numbers showing something's position in a list, to refer to only one thing or person: That was one of the best films I've ever seen. What's the highest mountain in Europe? I shall never forget the first time we met. You're the fifth person to ask me that question. used to say that the 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 Richard Gere, do you? used before some adjectives to turn the adjectives into nouns that refer to one particular person or thing described by the adjective: It seems that the deceased (= this particular dead person) had no living relatives. I suppose we'll just have to wait for the inevitable (= the particular thing that is certain to happen). used before some adjectives to turn the adjectives into nouns that refer to people or things in general that can be described by the adjective: She lives in a special home for the elderly. The French were defeated at Waterloo in 1815. used before a singular noun to refer to all the things or people represented by that noun: The panda is becoming an increasingly rare animal. The car is responsible for causing a lot of damage to our environment. used before a family name to refer to two people who are married or to a whole family: The Jacksons are coming to lunch on Saturday. used before some nouns referring to musical instruments or dances to mean the type of instrument or dance in general: Nico is learning to play the piano. Can you do the waltz? used before a noun to represent the activity connected with that noun: I've got to go under the surgeon's knife (= have a medical operation) next week. It's not a good idea to spend more than three hours at the wheel (= driving a vehicle) without a break.B2 used before numbers that refer to periods of ten years: the 60sB2 used before each of two comparative adjectives or adverbs when you want to show how one amount gets bigger or smaller in relation to the other: The sooner I get this piece of work finished, the sooner I can go home. used before comparative adjectives or adverbs when you want to show that someone or something has become more or less of a particular state: She doesn't seem to be any the worse for her bad experience. used for emphasis when you are expressing a strong opinion about someone or something: André's got a new job, the lucky devil.
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the determiner (YOUR)

B1 used instead of a possessive adjective such as your, her, or my: He held his daughter by the arm. I can't remember where I parked the (= my) car.
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the determiner (ENOUGH)

enough: I'd like to go out this evening, but I don't think I've got the energy. [+ to infinitive] I don't have the time to talk to you now.
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the determiner (EACH)

each; every: It does 30 miles to the gallon.
Translations of “the”
in Arabic ال (أداة تَعْريف)…
in Korean 이미 언급되었거나 알려진 사물이나 사람을 지칭하는 명사 앞에 사용, 유일한 존재를 나타내는 명사 앞에 사용, 형용사 앞에 쓰여 형용사를 명사로 만든다…
in Malaysian yang…
in French l’, le, la…
in Turkish bilinen veya hakkında konuşulan nesne ve insanları belirtmede isimlerden önce kullanılır, sadece bir tane olan isimlerden önce, bir grubu niteleyen tekil bir isimde önce…
in Italian il, la, i…
in Chinese (Traditional) 特定的, (用於名詞前,指聽者或讀者已知的事物或人,尤指已提到的或能被領會的事物或人), (用於某些名詞前,表示泛指一類地方)…
in Russian опред. артикль, указывает на то, что предмет известен собеседнику…
in Polish ten, (= najczęściej nie tłumaczy się), nie tłumaczy się…
in Vietnamese dùng để chỉ người, vật đã đề cập trước, hay sắp đề cập và đã biết…
in Spanish el, la, los…
in Portuguese o, a, os…
in Thai คำนำหน้านามชี้เฉพาะ, คำนำหน้านามที่กล่าวมาแล้ว, ใช้คำนามชี้เฉพาะ…
in German der/die/das, eine/-r/s(oder unübersetzt), am…
in Catalan el, la, els…
in Japanese (前述・既知の物を指し)その~, ☆1つしかないもの(名詞)の前につける, ☆形容詞の前に付け、形容される物や人の集合体を表す…
in Indonesian kata depan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 特定的, (用于名词前,指听者或读者已知的事物或人,尤指已提到的或能被领会的事物或人), (用于某些名词前,表示泛指一类地方)…
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