Definite Article

What Is the Definite Article? (with Examples)

The definite article is the word the. It is used before a noun to specify it as something previously considered.

There are two types of articles: The articles are classified as adjectives.

The is known as the definite article because it indicates something specific.

In contrast to the definite article is the indefinite article (a or an), which indicates something unspecific. Of interest, the is the most commonly used word in English.

Examples of the Definite Article

Here are some sentences which compare the use of definite and indefinite articles:

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Indefinite article What are adjectives? Glossary of grammatical terms