Is there a simple rule for "the" article?
Some people, whose background has little to do with "germanic" languages, are usually prone to "article mistakes".
Is there any simple rule for defining where "the" article should go?
The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular. The signals that the noun is definite, that it refers to a particular member of a group. For example:
"The dog that bit me ran away." Here, we're talking about a specific dog, the dog that bit me.
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"The" is a definite article, it is used as followings:
1. the+unique nouns
2. with nouns mentioned for the second time.
I have a car, the car is small but enough for me.
3. with modified nouns
the boy in black is my brother.
4. the+ a noun by the reason of locality can be represented a particular thing
the car in the garage.
5. the+ singular noun that represents the whole class of things
the lion is dangerouse.
the rich should help the poor.
7. with names of rivers, seas, groups od islands, chain of mountains, and plural names of counties
the dead sea
the united states
the united kingdom
8. with names of people which has a title
And zero article with proper nouns, abstract nouns, meals, names of games, parts of body or clothings, and locatives.
Kojin is a student.
Death is a real fact.
I have my breakfast at 8 am.
I like football.
Raise your hand.
I go home.
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