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Not a teacher.
When and where to use the word 'the' in the sentences ? Pls give me some examples.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
1. One basic rule: Use "a" to introduce a noun; then use "the" when you refer later to the same noun:
a. "I saw a movie. The movie was funny."
i. Remember that "the" means something like "that."
2. Sometimes, it is not necessary to introduce a noun with "a":
a. "My car would not start, so I got to work by taxi. The driver had an honest meter."
i. It is correct to say "the" because your listener knows that a taxi has a (one) driver.
3. Please study the difference between "a" and "the" very carefully.
a. One day I passed a store that was owned by people who were not native speakers. The store had this sign next to the locked door: "Ring a bell [if you want us to open the door for you]."
Many people laughed when they saw this sign, for it meant: Ring any bell in the world.
b. Of course, it should have read: "Ring the bell." That is to say: Ring that bell near the door.
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