The first time I travelled to Japan, I was by myself and spent three weeks there. I tried to eat a variety of different things, because I didn’t want to eat the same thing every day. The only thing I didn’t eat was American food. The morning meals were interesting, because many of the inns I stayed at served a traditional breakfast of soup, steamed rice, and grilled salmon. It was a bit strange the first time, but I got used to it by the rest of the trip.
In English, there are three articles; a, an, and the. Today I want to show you a few uses of the that I think should be easy to remember. Why don’t you take a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check out the lesson below.
The is the definite article. The has many uses, but I can say that in general, the is used before nouns that represent specific things. Here are some examples where the is always used. Try to memorize these combinations:
The + First
- The first time I travelled to Japan I was by myself.
- I like to take the first cup of coffee from the pot.
The + Same
- I didn’t want to eat the same thing every day.
- After all these years, Jack still looks the same as he did in high school.
The + Only
- The only thing I didn’t eat was American food.
- Jack was the only person in the office after 7pm last night.
The + Morning, Afternoon, Evening
- The morning meals were interesting.
- I usually have lessons in the afternoon.
- It is usually warm in the evenings in the summer here.
The + Rest
- I got used to it by the rest of the trip.
- If you like, why don’t you eat the rest of the chocolate pie.
I am sure that there are other examples of words that are always used with the, so if you think of some, leave a comment here. Thanks for studying today.