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    Using of " THE "............

    Dear Teacher,

    I am a bit puzzled about using of the word "THE" in a sentence.
    Please explain.

    Thanks i.a.

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    The uses of the word are complicated. The basic idea behind the word is that you can identify the specific example\s of the noun from the context. This could be because the noun is unique, like 'the sun' or because it is clear which one\s is\are being referred to; 'the restaurant I went to last night was dreadful'.

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    Re: Using of " THE "............

    Quote Originally Posted by lalantha
    Dear Teacher,

    I am a bit puzzled about using of the word "THE" in a sentence.
    Please explain.

    Thanks i.a.
    I am a bit puzzled about the usage of the word the. Please explain.

    One usage of the is to indicate specificity.

    Examples: Ron's sinuses have been acting up lately. This is the third day they have been like this.

    Honshu is the main island of Japan.

    That is the right way to do it.

    Is that the right answer?

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    Thanks TDOL, Ronbee...

    There was this phrase i saw in a novel..
    "The actual work is done by Operations Division."
    What I thought was why it shouldn't be;
    "The actual work is done by the Operations Division."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalantha
    Thanks TDOL, Ronbee...

    There was this phrase i saw in a novel..
    "The actual work is done by Operations Division."
    What I thought was why it shouldn't be;
    "The actual work is done by the Operations Division."?
    Good question! Normally, that is the way it would be.

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    RonBee

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    In British English, it would be normal to use the definite article there, although some fashionable companies are trying to buck the trend. :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In British English, it would be normal to use the definite article there, although some fashionable companies are trying to buck the trend. :o

    Grammar as a fashion and image statement. Who would have ever thought it?



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    It accounts for some of the changes.

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