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English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.


THE


The definite article 'the' designates a specific person, place or event as shown below: 

Specific things The book I bought is interesting.
Pass me the sugar please.
   
Hotels, monuments, buildings,
museums, cinemas, theatres.
The Ritz, The Tower of London, The Empire State building,
The Louvre, The Odeon Cinema, The Royal Theatre
   
Mountain ranges, rivers, seas, oceans. The Alps, The Mississippi, The Black Sea, The Pacific Ocean.
 
Groups of states or islands The United States of America, The Bahamas.
No article is used in the following cases :
   
Generalisations Sugar is sweet.
Caviar is expensive.
 
Streets, squares, etc. Oxford Street, Time Square
   
Names of mountains and lakes Mount Everest, Lake Ontario
   
Countries (except groups as above) England, France, Japan, India, etc.
   
Continents Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Australia,
   




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