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January 21, 2012

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The Usage of the "THE"     :P

Ok, first of all sorry for the confusing title. In this blog we shall discuss where we should use the article "The". Some of these statements are really make you confuse and seems they are opposing each other. Please try to read this for two or three times. so that you can understand THE concept easily. 

  • Before superlative forms
    • Ex :
      • The Tallest
      • The Best
      • The most beautiful
  • Before double comparatives
    • Ex:
      • ✔ The higher you go, the colder you gets
      • ✔ The harder you work, the better rank you get in Bank Exams
      • ✔The more you earn, the more you want
  • When the comparison is between the two and either of the subjects is Highlighted
    • Ex:
      • ✔ Sachin is the greater of the two cricketers
      • ✔ Of the two cricketers sachin is the greater
      • Note :
        •  Sachin is the greater than  lara 
          • Now whats the difference between the first statement and the third? why the first one is correct and third one is wrong? because in the 3rd statement, we have mentioned the Person's name. But in the first statement we didnt.
  • Before positive form in apposition 
    • EX:
      • Alexander, the great
      • Manmohan Singh, the prime minister etc
  • Before musical instruments
    • The Guitar
    • The Tabla
    • The voilin etc
  • Before a Proper noun when used as a Common noun
    • Nelson mandela is The Gandhi of South Africa
    • Kalidasa is The Shakespeare of India 
  • Before some adjectives to make them nouns
    • Ex:
      • The Blind
      • The Dead
      • The Rich
      • The Poor
      • Usage :
        • The doctor restored sight to the blind (Here there is no need to mention "The Blind Person" because, the term Blind itself represents the Blind person, so its the adjective which is used as the noun.)
        • The rich should not mock at the poor
        • ✔ Jesus rose from the Dead
        •  Jesus rose from Dead
  • Before some Languages, to make them PEOPLE.
    •  English ruled over India for many Years
    • ✔ The English Ruled over India for Many Years
    • ☓  French are good at heart
    • ✔ The French are good at heart
  • When a noun's quality is STRESSED
    •  We cannot remove warrior in him
    • ✔ We cannot remove the warrior in him
    • Mother in her aroused when she saw a Crying Baby
    • ✔ The mother in her aroused when she saw a Crying Baby
  • Before Ordinal numbers
    • The First
    • The Third
    • The Tenth, etc
    • Ex:
      • The first and the second posts of this blog
        • Note : Little clarification for those people who have no idea about Ordinal numbers
          • One, Two, Three, Four  →  Cardinal Numbers
          • First, Second, Third  →  Ordinal Numbers
  • Before the names of Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Canals, Deserts, Groups of Mountains and Groups of Islands
    •  Note :  Dont use "The" for single mountain or single Island (Thats the reason why we've underlined these two statements)
    • Ex :
      • The Pacific
      • ✔ The Red Sea
      • ✔ The Sahara
      • ✔ The Himalayas 
      • Usage :
        • ✔ Kolkata is on the banks of the Hoogli 
        • ☓ Kolkata is on the banks of the River Hoogli
        • ✔ Kolkata is on the banks of river Hoogli
        • ✔ Kolkata is on the banks of the Hoogli river
          • Dont be confued, please read the above sentences properly and understand them
  • Before Holy Books
      • The Ramayana
      • The Quran
      • The Bible 
        • Usage:
          • My father reads the Bible everyday
  • Before the names of the Things, which are unique in nature
    • The Sun
    • The moon
    • The Sky 
    • The ________ (You can add your name here :P kidding)
  • Before the names of Planets and  Satellites 
    •  The Mars
    • The Earth
      • Note :  Little clarification for those people who confuses between the words Planet and Satellites
        • Planets rotates around the Sun
        • Satellites rotates around Planets 
  • In apposition, when name precedes the position (Important)
    • Manmohan singh, the prime minister is on a two day tour to srilanka
    • In correction of sentences, they've given this model for a number of times. The above sentence means, Manmohan singh, who is the prime minister is on a two day tour to srilanka.
    • Some time they will give like this
      • The X, the Y is on a two day tour to srilanka
        • Whats wrong with this sentence? You can remove THE at the begining or, just put ARE in the place of IS, so that the sentence tells about TWO different persons one is X and the second one is Y
  • Before the names of News Papers
    •  The Indian Express
    • The Hindu etc
  • Before the names of some countries
    •  The U.S.A
    • The UAE
    • The Netherlands
    • The Congo etc
Thats all for now Friends. Tomorrow we shall discuss "Where shouldn't we use the article THE" .

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  1. Good Explaination
    Please Correct a typing mistake I think in example of Before some languages, to make them People.

    "The Frenech are good at heart."

    1. Thank you so much for the Correction Daljit. Yea, we dint notice it. There is an unnecessary "THE" in the first sentence. Anyways, we've removed it now.

      Thanks a tone :)

  2. replace stateliness with satellites.

    1. Sorry for the typing mistake friend. Corrected it now

      Thank you so much for the consideration.

  3. Good work Shivani mam

  4. One simple ques that Sridevi also asked in English Vinglish....
    Why its The USA and Not The India.....?

    1. "The", in "the United States of America", refers to the group of states, not the country's name.. With countries there are certain conventions - federations/associations are usually given the definite article "The" Shelza.... The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, The United States of America. The European Union, The Malay States, The Ottoman Empire etc. But individual countries like India are almost always treated as proper names without an article.

    2. Article preceded in "The republic of India" ;)

    3. Article preceded in "The Republic of India" ;)

  5. its nice thank u so mch

  6. very good explanation....impressed...

  7. Its very useful..thanxs..

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  9. Why 'the' is used before 'two' ?
    Of the two cricketers sachin is the greater.

    1. While saying "Two Cricketers", you are highlighting the cricketers, in simple words you are just POINTING those two specific cricketers to somebody and saying tht Sachin is greatest. So you should use "The".

  10. why 'the' is used before 'two' in following sentence?
    Of the two cricketers sachin is the greater.

  11. "the mt.everest" is this correct if yes then why?

  12. .......Treachery of kaurav's is well known.
    sir in this sentence which article should be used?......

  13. Hi admin,
    we use an hour an honest man and an heir... but why we use a horse and a hole ??

  14. Hi admin,

    we use an honest , an hour and an heir but why we use 'A' for a horse and a hole ?

    please answer

  15. Please explain the example - The X, The Y is on a two day tour to Srilanka, (How it will be corrected as per the explanation given for it)

  16. karan thakur:- mam kya aapke sabhi 8 lesson english grammer for competative exam ke liye enough ya aur bhi kuch padhna padega...

  17. article type was wrong in this pls correct than.

  18. THE great THE work...THE thank you THE mam..;)

  19. THE gerat THE work...THE thankyou THE mam...;)

  20. only one word waooooooooo

  21. mam can u explain how noun's quality is stressed in an above rule?

  22. The X, the Y is on a two day tour to Srilanka.

    Here you have replaced 'is' with 'are' and removed the first 'the' before X.
    You had further specified X and Y are two different persons. Can you explain this how this sentence is correct?


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