Definite Article - Usage

The definite article is used in front of a noun when we believe we are making a particular or specific mention of person or place.

Definite article ”The” is used:

1.With unique things and eminent personality.

  • The Sun shines brightly.
  • The queen Elizabeth is quite popular.

2.With a superlative adjective:

  • He is the cleverest student in the class.
  • Sara is the shortest girl in the class.

3.To say one thing representing the whole group.

  • The tiger is a dangerous animal.

4.To talk about Musical instruments:

  • Vani plays the piano really well.

5.With countries whose names include words like Kingdom,States or Republic:
Example: The United Kingdom; the Kingdom of Nepal; the United States.

6.With geographical features, such as mountain ranges, groups of islands, rivers, seas, oceans and canals:
             Example: the Himalayas; the Canaries; the Atlantic; the Atlantic Ocean; the Amazon;                  the Panama Canal.

7.With names of the newspapers:
                 Example: The Times; The Washington Post

8.With monuments,organisations and historical buildings
               Example: The Empire State Building; the Taj Mahal; the United Nations.

Summary

The definite article is used in front of a noun when we believe we are making a particular or specific mention of person or place.

Definite article ”The” is used:

1.With unique things and eminent personality.

  • The Sun shines brightly.
  • The queen Elizabeth is quite popular.

2.With a superlative adjective:

  • He is the cleverest student in the class.
  • Sara is the shortest girl in the class.

3.To say one thing representing the whole group.

  • The tiger is a dangerous animal.

4.To talk about Musical instruments:

  • Vani plays the piano really well.

5.With countries whose names include words like Kingdom,States or Republic:
Example: The United Kingdom; the Kingdom of Nepal; the United States.

6.With geographical features, such as mountain ranges, groups of islands, rivers, seas, oceans and canals:
             Example: the Himalayas; the Canaries; the Atlantic; the Atlantic Ocean; the Amazon;                  the Panama Canal.

7.With names of the newspapers:
                 Example: The Times; The Washington Post

8.With monuments,organisations and historical buildings
               Example: The Empire State Building; the Taj Mahal; the United Nations.

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