Sentences With The Definite Article: „The”

  1. “THE” is used  in great number of expressions, such as:

– on one hand/on the other hand:

  • On one hand I am happy for her, on the other hand I’m sad she’s leaving. 

– at the same time:



  • She phoned at the same time I was about to tell him the truth.
  • I’m disappointed that my son did not pass the exam, but at the same time I’m glad that Jenny succeeded. 

– at the moment/at the present time:

  • At the moment she has no future perspectives.

– at most/at the most

  • Helen can buy a car for 10 000 pounds at the most.

– by the way:



  • Where have you been last night, by the way?
  • By the way, I bought a new laptop yesterday.

– in the end/ in the begging:

  • In the end, they knew that it could not work.
  • In the biggining, the film was rather dull. 

*Other expressions: on the left/right; to get to the point; in the middle; in the morning/afternoon/evening; on the radio/telephone; out of the question and so on, in the first/second/third place

2. Placed in front of some adjectives, the definite article transforms those adjectives in plural nouns:




– rich (adjective)/poor (adjective) – the rich (noun)/the poor (noun)

  • Mark is rich, but his brother is poor.
  • The rich don’t understand the poor. 

3. It is used to form the superlative degree of adjectives:

– the best; the most interesting/beautiful/desirable; the biggest; the largest; the smallest; the least; the funniest; the ugliest etc.:

  • He is the best friend I’ve ever had.
  • Coelho’s newest book is the most interesting novel ever.
  • She is the most beautiful girl in the world.
  • That is the most desirable thing that could happen.
  • These are the biggest mountains in Asia.
  • I think this is the ugliest animal in the world.
  • This is the smallest insect on earth.

4. The definite articole is used in comparative sentences:

– the…, the… .:

  • The more you sleep, the more you feel tired.
  • The more you eat, the more you get fat.
  • The earlier you come, the sooner we leave.
  • The faster you run, the more your chances to winning the competition grow. 

5. It can be used in some geographic names:

– The Black Sea; The Danube; The Atlantic Ocean; The Sahara Desert; The United States of America … :

  • My parents live near the Black Sea.
  • The Danube is the second largest river in Europe.
  • They moved to the United States of America.

6. It is used in some historical names:

– Richard the Third; Richard the Lionheart; Napoleon the Second; Alfred the Great and so on.

  • Richard the Lionheart was known for his warrior skills. 

 

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