When to Use the Definite Article (“The”)

Specific identity:

  • I’ll have the spinach salad and the mushroom burger.
  • I want to adopt the cat we saw yesterday.
  • I’ll get the kids ready to go outside.

Grouping:

  • The English and the Italians played in the World Cup.
  • The elderly (older people) have different needs than the young.

Some countries:

  • the Philippines
  • the Netherlands
  • the United Kingdom
  • the United States

Instruments:

  • Can you play the guitar?
  • The piano is my favorite instrument.

Superlative:

  • The first time we met, I knew you were the only one for me.
  • And I knew this would be the last time I’d fall in love.
  • The worst days of my life are behind me now.
  • I want to spend the best part of my life with you.

 

 

 

 

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