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In this lesson we will tell you how to make use of article The in your conversations.
Ben : The in the English language is used for a particular thing or person. It signifies uniqueness and is used to identify that you are talking about something specific and not in general. For example :
Sheena : The Statue of liberty is near New York.
Ben : In this example we are talking about a particular statue. The statue of Liberty.
Sheena : To reach the supermarket, take left from the traffic light.
Ben : Here it is a specific traffic light, and a specific supermarket.
Sheena : The Sun is a star.
Ben : We use the before universally unique things like the Sun and the Moon.
Sheena : J K Rowling is the writer of the Harry Potter books.
Ben : We can use the to refer to a specific person, but never before names. For example:
Sheena : The JK Rowling is a famous writer.
Ben : Since there are not many JK Rowling’s around, there is no need to use The in this sentence.
Sheena : JK Rowling is a famous writer.
Ben : This sentence is correct.
Sheena : The Japanese people are very hard working.
Ben : We are talking of people, but specifically the Japanese, so we can use The.
Sheena : The Japan is a small country.
Ben : There are not many Japans around, so we can’t use The here. This sentence is wrong. We don’t use The before proper nouns.
Sheena : Where is the washroom?
Ben : You want a specific washroom, maybe the one in the building where you are. So you have to use the.
Sheena : Could you tell me the way to the Wall-Mart?
Ben : You want to go to a particular Wall-mart, so you have to use the before it.
Sheena : The teacher gave me a lot of homework.
Ben : A specific teacher gave you a lot of homework, so you must use the. Now we will listen to some conversations that use the article the.
Sheena: Good evening. Can I help you?
Ben: Yes, please. I’d like a room for the night.
Sheena: Would you like a single room or a double room?
Ben: A single room. How much is the room?
Sheena: Its 55 dollars per night.
Ben: Alright, I’ll take the room.
Sheena: Sure, here’s your key. Your room number is 212 on the second floor.
Ben: Thank you.
Sheena: Excuse me. Could you help me in finding this address?
Ben : Yes. Which place are you looking for.
Sheena: I need to go the 135th court street.
Ben : Oh! You are going the wrong way. This is the 4th court street.
Sheena: Where should I head now?
Ben : Just take left from the Radisson hotel and follow the road ahead it will lead you to 135th court street.
Sheena: Thank you so much.