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What is a English Definite Article?

[vc_separator border_width=”2″][dt_teaser]The English definite article is the “the“. However, in English there is no difference in the word between male, female or factual. Furthermore, there is neither a singular nor a plural form.[/dt_teaser]
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When is the Definite Article used in English?

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Example: not used

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For abstract terms:

  • life
  • time
  • work


For stubstance names:

  • coal
  • water
  • oil


For proper names / place names in the singular:

  • children
  • parents
  • animals

When used in the general sense.


At times of the day, weekdays, months, annual & meals:

  • December …


  • in the afternoon, …
  • during the afternoon, …
  • throughout the afternoon, …

However, the definite article is also required if the respective term is to be defined more precisely.


At insitutions:

  • school
  • college
  • hospital


At “by” + means of transport:

  • by car
  • by train
  • by plane


For the following terms:

  • at first sight
  • in practice
  • out of mind
  • to be in power
  • keep in mind
  • shake hands
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Example: used

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Specific people / place:

  • The forest
  • The first floor


Unique person / place:

  • The woman who …
  • The boy with the …
  • The small house …


With proper names in the plural:

  • The Hiltons …
  • The Guardian …
  • The New York Times …


Before the superlative & ordinal numbers:

  • The biggest house …
  • The last chapter …

Explanation of the superlatives


Groups of people:

  • The Germans
  • The Americans


Adjective related to a group of people:

  • The elderly
  • the younger


Phrase with “only”:

  • The only week …
  • The only woman …
  • The only coffee …
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About me

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Hey, formerly I thought that learning languages was an innate one. Either you can speak English perfectly or not and no matter how much you learn – “I do not write a good grade in English anyway.” But I quickly learned that you do not know everything in your mother tongue.


After a while, I gave myself one last chance to learn English. Only this time I limited myself to the essential points.

That means for me verbs: the form – examples – signal words & the usage

This method enabled me to learn English faster than ever before.


Since then I know that learning to talk is not innate. And through that realization, my vision has become to offer other students the opportunity to learn English, just like I did back then. Now I ask you to help me by sharing this article with your friends! Thanks a lot!


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