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Definite articles
Continuing our look at articles we focus today on the definite article 'the' and look at four different ways it is used.

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There are a lot of rules about how we use articles.  Here are four rules for using the definite article 'the':

We use the definite article the
1. to refer to something or someone both speakers in a conversation know about:

I've got two children – a boy and a girl. The boy is 7 and the girl 4.

2. before seas, rivers, and groups of mountains or islands:

the Atlantic          the Nile          the Himalayas          the Philippines

3. if there is only one of these people or things:

the King          the UN           the sun           the White House

4. with superlatives:

the tallest          the fastest          the most expensive          the best


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