Is "the" a preposition or an article?
Labels are only useful if they serve a point. The distinction between determiners and adjectives is a useful one and should be preserved. Just to make the point, here are some sentences where adjectives have been replaced with the determiner the. The sentences with an asterisk are wrong.
The meal was tasty/hot/warm/surprising/wonderful *The meal was the She seems nice/kind/determined/kind-hearted/well-educated. *She seems the They are all happy / strange/ badly-behaved / spoilt children *They are all the children. The flight made him tired/ late/grumpy. *The flight made him the She made the sauce thick/ spicy/white/. She made the sauce the.
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