Lesson 52: THE

We can use the at the beginning of a noun phrase. The form of the never changes: it is the same for singular, plural and mass nouns. This lesson tells you when to use it.


When we can understand which thing / person

FROM THE SITUATION:

It was a terrible journey. The plane was very crowded.
(The plane that I travelled on.)

We had a lovely holiday. The weather was wonderful and so was the food.
(The weather and the food on holiday.)

When I got home, I went into the living room and turned on the TV.
(The room and the TV in my house.)


BECAUSE IT IS WELL KNOWN:

The government is increasing taxes again.


When we say which thing / person

The stores in Manulife Place are rather expensive.
I saw her on the Friday before last.
It was the second time he had been there.
The history of your country is very interesting.


Also

WITH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS:

She plays the piano beautifully.

WITH SOME PROPER NOUNS (Lesson 48 ).

NOTICE: The, or a/ an/ some/ any, or nothing at all? (Lesson 54)


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