The Definite Article THE is the most frequently used word in English. It is the same for all genders in singular or plural.
Definite article is used to refer to a particular phenomenon or a thing. It can be something already mentioned or something specified.
We use THE:
- with the words beach, cinema, theatre, world, weekend… (We’re going to the beach every day).
- before the names of the cinemas (the Cineplex), hotels (the Four Seasons), theatres (the Rex), museums (the Louvre), groups of islands/states (the Philipines, the United Kingdom), etc…
- with the names of rivers (the Danube), seas (the Mediterranean), mountain ranges (the Himalayas), the oceans (the Atlantic), deserts (the Sahara).
- before musical instruments (I can play the piano).
- with names of people, families, nationalities (the Smiths, the French)
- with titles without names (the Prime Minister)
- with superlative forms of adjectives (the most popular)
We don’t use THE:
- with proper nouns (Sarah is travelling to India).
- before names of sports, colors, meals, etc… (They play cricket on Sunday)
- with names of countries (Germany), streets (Oxford Street), mountains (Mount Olympus), lakes (Balaton Lake), etc…
- before titles with names (President Obama)
- _________ Sahara Desert is in ______ Asia.
- ______ Mount Everest is ____ highest mountain in ___world.
- ____tennis is an Olimpic sport.
- Would you come to _____ cinema with us?
- I am looking for _____ nearest post office.
- Jack can play ______ guitar.
- _____ blue is my favorite color.
- Thee is a hilarious comedy in ____ Odeon tonight.
- We’re going to ____ Bath for a day trip.
- We’re spending our holiday on _____ Bermuda Islands.
Answers: 1. the, – ; 2. -, the, the; 3. – ; 4. the; 5. the; 6. the; 7. – ; 8. the; 9. – ; 10. the