Definite Article Examples

Definite Article

There are eight parts of speech in the English language. One of these parts of speech is the article. Articles in the English language are a specific kind of adjective that modify nouns. They tell which one. There are only three articles in the English language. These are the words "a," "an," and "the."

The English language only has one definite article. The word "the" is a definite article. Instead of referring to a person, place, thing, or idea; "the" designates a specific person, place, thing, or idea-or a definite person, place, thing, or idea.

Examples of Definite Article:

Examples of "the" in Sentences

The book that you loaned to me is so good that I cannot put it down.
Can you tell me the fastest way to get to Marisa and Joan's house?
I cannot wait for the weekend to come so that I can go to the party!
I made an A on the quiz that we took today in Biology class.
I wish that you could understand the reason that I cannot tell you the secret.
Could you help me move the piano to the sunroom this afternoon?
There is a mouse in the pantry, so we must call the exterminator.

Examples of Definite Articles in Literature

From Homer's The Odyssey:
"Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man."

From The Bible:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

From The Hunger Games:
The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.

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