How to use "The" in English?

Questions about IELTSHow to use "The" in English?
Huy Quoc Staff asked 3 months ago

We use the

  • with countries or place where the name refers to a group of islands or states: The United States, the Middle East, the UK
  • with superlatives: the best, the longest, the highest
  • with cardinal numbers: the first, the second, the third
  • when there is only one in the world: the environment, the internet, the sun
  • to refer to the only one in this particular area: the government, the police, the river
  • in the phrase: the same as

We don’t use the

  • with a single country or place: America, England, China
  • to talk about something in general. We use the plural if we are talking about something in general; we use the to identify one specific example. Compare:
    People with reading difficulties often have problems with numbers.
    The number eight is considered lucky in some countries.

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