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Can I use 'the' like the following expressions? 1. I want to have the everything. 2. three cakes of the cheese 3. the three cakes of cheese.
 
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"The" is used with nouns. "Everything" is not a noun.

"The" is a definite article, meaning it refers to something specific or mentioned before.
 

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"The" is used with nouns. "Everything" is not a noun.

"The" is a definite article, meaning it refers to something specific or mentioned before.
'evertything' is a pronoun. Can't we use 'the' in front of pronoun? In many sentences of the websites, I saw many 'the everything'.
 
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In many sentences of the websites, I saw many 'the everything'.
In what context? Can you post examples?

"the" is an article, not a pronoun.
 

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In what context? Can you post examples?

"the" is an article, not a pronoun.
I'm sorry. I made a mistake. 'everything' is a pronoun. < example >: I put the everything in the bag.
 

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I would omit the first 'the' in your example.
 

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I think 'everything' in such examples functions as a modifier rather than a pronoun.
 

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Then, how about these expressions? (1)the three cups of water / (2) three cups of the water I'm not good at English. Please understand me that I ask too many questions about the same topic. I am very confused at the articles.
 

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Then, how about these expressions? (1)the three cups of water / (2) three cups of the water. I'm not good at English. Please [STRIKE]understand[/STRIKE] excuse me [STRIKE]that [/STRIKE] if I ask too many questions about the same topic. I am very confused [STRIKE]at[/STRIKE] with the articles.

(1) is possible, e.g. Have you seen the three cups of water I left on the table?
(2) is unlikely. The article is not required unless you are taking about a special/particular kind of water.

As with other aspects of English grammar, the topic of articles comes naturally if you do more reading.
 

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(1) is possible, e.g. Have you seen the three cups of water I left on the table?
(2) is unlikely. The article is not required unless you are taking about a special/particular kind of water.

If I am talking about a special/ particular kind of water or I mentioned 'water' earlier, can I say "three cups of the water"?
 

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There are three cups of the water drawn from the well.
 
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