what is the function of "the" in English.

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what is the function of "the" in English.

Unread post by Asim » Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:39 pm

What is the function of the word "the" in English. Where can we use it and where it cann't be used.

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Unread post by apple » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:44 am

Dear Asim,

Hello. I am a new member of the club. And when I saw that no one has nswered yet your question, I thought we might still be in confusion concerning this topic; thus, I decided to answer though it's quite late.

Well, in order to make you understand the use of the article the in English, I have to discuss it in relation to the article a. We use the when we are referring to a specific reference, and we use a when you do not have any specific reference in mind.

1. We need the foreign student to read the article.
2. We need a foreign student to read the article.

Notice that in example 1, you have a specific foreign student being referred to. Let say, the American student in class. In exemple 2, you refer to any foreign student in class, no one in particular. It could be the American, Chinese,Arabic, or Hindu.

Hope I have made the topic clear to you. :D


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