English Lesson: Using “The” Article

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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.

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