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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 ​prettyexpensive, but the ​shoes weren't. Please would you ​pass the ​salt. I'll ​pick you up at the ​airport.A1 used before some ​nouns that refer to ​place when you ​want to ​mention that ​type of ​place, without ​showingexactly which ​example of the ​place you ​mean: We ​spent all ​day at the ​beach. Let's go to the ​movies this ​evening. I have to go to the ​bank and get some Euros.A1 used before ​nounphrases in which the ​range of ​meaning of the ​noun is ​limited in some way: I really ​enjoyed the ​book I've just ​finishedreading. Do you like the other ​kids in ​yourclass?A1 used to refer to things or ​people when only one ​exists at any one ​time: What will ​happen in the ​future? After I ​leavecollege, I ​want to ​travel around 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 ​numbersshowing something's ​position in a ​list, to refer to only one thing or ​person: That was one of the ​bestfilms I've ​everseen. What's the ​highestmountain in ​Asia? I will never ​forget the first ​time we ​met. You're the fifth ​person to ​ask me that ​question. used to say that the ​particularperson or thing being ​mentioned is the ​best, most ​famous, etc. In this use, "the" is usually given ​strongpronunciation: Harry's Bar is the ​place to go. You don't ​mean you ​met the Will Smith (= the ​filmstar), do you? used before some ​adjectives to ​turn the ​adjectives into ​nouns that refer to one ​particularperson or thing ​described by the ​adjective: It ​seems that the ​deceased (= this ​particulardeadperson) had no ​livingrelatives. 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 ​specialhome for the ​elderly. The ​French were ​defeated at Waterloo in 1815. used before a ​singularnoun to refer to all the things or ​peoplerepresented by that ​noun: The ​panda is ​becoming an ​increasinglyrareanimal. The ​car is ​responsible for ​causing a lot of ​damage to ​ourenvironment. used before a ​familyname to refer to two ​people who are ​married or to a ​wholefamily: The Jacksons are coming to ​visit on ​Saturday. used before some ​nouns referring to ​musicalinstruments 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 ​activityconnected with that ​noun: I'm going under the ​knife (= having a ​medicaloperation) 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 comparativeadjectives 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 done, the ​sooner I can go ​home. used before comparativeadjectives or ​adverbs when you ​want to show that someone or something has ​become more or less of a ​particularstate: She doesn't ​seem to be any the ​worse for her ​badexperience. used for ​emphasis when you are ​expressing a ​strongopinion about someone or something: André's got a new ​job, the ​luckydevil.
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the determiner (YOUR)

B1 used ​instead of a ​possessiveadjective such as ​your, her, or my: He ​held his ​daughter by the ​arm (= her ​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 ​tonight, but I don't ​think I have the ​energy. [+ to infinitive] I don't have the ​time totalk to you now.
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the determiner (EACH)

each; every: It does 30 ​miles to the ​gallon.
(Definition of the from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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thedefinite article

 us   /ðə, ði/

the definite article (PARTICULAR)

used before a ​noun to refer to a ​particular thing because it is ​clear which thing is ​intended: I just ​bought a new ​shirt and ​tie. The ​shirt was ​expensive, but the ​tie wasn’t. There’s someone at the ​frontdoor. I’ll ​pick you up at the ​airport at 6 o’clock. "The" is used before some ​nouns to refer to a ​type of ​activity or thing ​intended: Let’s go to the ​movies. "The" is used to refer to things or ​people when only one ​exists at any one ​time: the ​Statue of ​Liberty "The" is also used before ​superlatives and other words, such as first or only or ​numbers: What’s the ​highestmountain in ​NorthAmerica? She’s ​leaving on the 24th of May. "The" can ​mean each or every: My ​car gets 30 ​miles to the ​gallon. When used before some ​adjectives, "the" ​changes the ​adjective into a ​noun to refer to all of what is ​described: the ​homeless/​poor/​rich You can use "the" before a ​singularnoun to refer to all the things or ​peoplerepresented by that ​noun: Nicole is ​learning to ​play the ​piano. You use "the" before ​numbers that refer to ​periods of 10 ​years: the 1930s

the definite article (YOUR)

used ​instead of ​your, my, his, her, etc.: He ​tapped me on the (= my)shoulder. How are Grace and the (= her)kids?

the definite article (ENOUGH)

enough: He hasn’t got the ​experience for this ​kind of ​work.
(Definition of the from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the”
in Korean 이미 언급되었거나 알려진 사물이나 사람을 지칭하는 명사 앞에 사용, 유일한 존재를 나타내는 명사 앞에 사용, 형용사 앞에 쓰여 형용사를 명사로 만든다…
in Arabic ال (أداة تَعْريف)…
in Malaysian yang…
in French l’, le, la…
in Russian опред. артикль, указывает на то, что предмет известен собеседнику…
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 Italian il, la, i…
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 Polish ten, (= najczęściej nie tłumaczy się), nie tłumaczy się…
in Spanish el, la, los…
in Vietnamese dùng để chỉ người, vật đã đề cập trước, hay sắp đề cập và đã biết…
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 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)…
in Indonesian kata depan…
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