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  1. sanukeeeeeeeeeee
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    Unhappy Re: The issue of the articles - "the "


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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    Quote Originally Posted by sanukeeeeeeeeeee
    Could you please explain what do you mean by "we do when we just use the word alone".
    Hmm. I'd like to know, too.

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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    Quote Originally Posted by sanukeeeeeeeeeee
    What is sth?
    I believe it's being used as a kind of shorthand for "something".

  4. sanukeeeeeeeeeee
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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    Thank you

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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    You can also use 'sthg'.

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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    Thanks a lot and I am wondering if you could explain why the is used here even when it is used for the first time:
    It hit me in the eye.
    Regards,

  6. kaboodleus
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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    Quote Originally Posted by silversea
    Thanks a lot and I am wondering if you could explain why the is used here even when it is used for the first time:
    It hit me in the eye.
    Regards,
    Use "the" when:
    --the listener already knows which object is being discussed, or
    --the listener will immediately figure out which object is being discussed

    In this case, the listener can immediately figure out that my eye is being discussed, because I have said that it hit me in the eye.

    You could argue that since I have *two* eyes the listener can't figure out which specific eye is being discussed. However by saying "the eye" I'm implying that it doesn't matter which of my two eyes it is--if it mattered I could say "the left eye" or "the right eye."

    There are many situations in which I would say "the" even when mentioning something for the first time. If I say to my husband, "I saw something in the newspaper today--" I'm assuming that he will immediately figure out that the newspaper is the one that is delivered to our house every day. If I had said "a newspaper" it would suggest that I had seen some other newspaper when I was out and about.

    If I say "She went to the library" I expect the listener to immediately know which library I'm talking about--perhaps the school library--even if we haven't talked about that library for months.

    Let me know if you need more examples. I got a million of them!

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    Re: The issue of the articles - "the "

    Thanks so much, I will ask you when I have more questions

  8. zahid
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    Re: A contribution from an AE speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    A contribution from an AE speaker.

    It should be an ambulance. In short, I agree with everything TDOL said.

    :wink:
    "the ambulance" is more suitable

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    Welcome.

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