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    why is'the' pronunced as 'thee' sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by janvi chandnani View Post
    why is'the' pronunced as 'thee' sometimes
    The alternate pronunciation is used when the word is followed by a vowel sound. It is also sometimes used for emphasis when referring to or specifying someone of importance.
    A: I saw Bill Clinton yesterday.
    B: You saw THE Bill Clinton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by janvi chandnani View Post
    why is'the' pronunced as 'thee' sometimes
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (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

    website XYZ.

    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

    the Web.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    (c) Mr. Smith: What website are you at?

    Son: Oh, I have a question about grammar, so I have gone to

    website XYZ.

    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

    the Web.

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