- For Teachers
why is'the' pronunced as 'thee' sometimes
(1) In his excellent post, Senior Member Riquecohen gave you two
uses of "thee."
(2) It is also used sometimes to mean "the best."
(a) Here in the United States, there is a television channel that says
it is "the ("thee") place for politics." That is, it's the best channel if
you want to know about American politics. (P.S. Many Americans
do not agree with that channel's claim!!!)
(b) Mona: When is your appointment with Dr. Smith?
Joe: In six months.
Mona: Six months?!!! Why wait so long? There are a lot of doctors
in this town.
Joe: I know, but it's worth waiting for Dr. Smith. She is the ("thee")
doctor when it comes to the problem that I have.
(c) Mr. Smith: What website are you at?
Son: Oh, I have a question about grammar, so I have gone to
Mr. Smith: Why go there? If you ever have a question about English
grammar, go to usingenglish.com. It is the ("thee") English helpline on