With articles determined in English you have to have well-taken care of

How to correctly use articles determined in English

€œThe article determined in English €œThe€? But that is very easy, no€ Then yes, in principle yes. But also it counts on a few exceptions. And it is indeed by those exceptions by which the speakers of Spanish we failed so much with the use of the €œThe€.

And the certain thing is that, on the paper, the definite article €œvery easy pinto The€ (the indefinite article in English also, but that is another history): unlike the Spanish, language in which we have €œ€, €œ€, €œ€ and €œ€, the definite article in English €œThe€ acts as of all of them. As much the singular as the plural one; as much the masculine one as the feminine one.

Logical it is then that before certain and indetermine articles of English the few students of the language of Shakespeare they enter panic, truth?

Then the certain thing is that yes. But indeed because we considered that this subject as soon as it has difficulty, we fall in several errors with respect to its use. The reason is not other than the articles in English own several important exceptions.

Today indeed we are going to try to put remedy to so many frequent errors. How? Explaining to you to correctly use the article determined in English €œThe€ (as we shelp before, indefinite articles in English and their singularities we will approach them in another article). Then he is high-priority to dominate these €œsmaller€ aspects of the English to get to dominate this one completely.

There it is where our courses of English actual conduct battle. And it is that in our academy of Barcelona we strived to the maximum because you learn all the details of this language; from its grammar aspects to the oral English feared one. A look throws to him to our Web and, if you have some doubt or asks, enchanted we will be to solve them 🙂 to you


When YES it is had to use the article determined in English €œThe€

Next we are going to enumerate the different cases in which yes or yes you have to use the article determined in English €œThe€. And it is that in certain article questions and indetermine of the English everything he is white or black (the grays we of life left them for other aspects):

  • You have to use €œThe€ when you as much talk about to which already it has been mentioned and the emitter as the receiver knows. Ex: Do you to remember the day we went to Hogwarts? €“ You remember the day that we went to Hogwarts?

  • Although even if it has not been mentioned, also you have to use €œThe€ as long as there is an only unit of the name at issue. Ex: Where is the Chamber of Secrets? €“ Where it is the Camera of the Secrets?

  • If we want to honor to a being or object within the totality of beings and objects that exist, also we have to use the article determined in English €œThe€. Ex: There are is the Master Jedi I Comecon to see. €“ He is the Teacher Jedi whom I have come to see.

  • As well as to people or things that are unique in the world (without counting the own names, of which we will speak within anything). Ex: You dog go anywhere in the world if you have to Batmobile. €“ You can go to any part of the world if you have a Batm³vil.

  • In order to make reference to directions (that is to say; €œRight€, €œLeft€, €œTop€, €œBottom€) and to the cardinal points (this is; €œNorth€, €œSouth€, €œEast€, €œWest€). Ex: The south of Narnia. €“ The south of Narnia.

  • €œThe€ also you have to use it with adjectives when these talk about to groups. Ex: The Scottish enjoy whiskey. €“ The Scot enjoy the whiskey. As well as with superlative and the ordinal numbers. Ex: Beach, the highest to tower in Middle Earth. €“ Beach, the highest tower of Tierra Media.

  • And to already finish the listing of cases in which the article determined in English €œThe€ yes is used; in front of decades and of the proposals that begin by €œOnly€. Ex: There are is the only person was born in the seventies. €“ He is the only person who was born in the seventy.

The definite article in English €œThe€ and the own names

Ow! Own section deserves the own names in English and their correct use with the article determined in English €œThe€. And it is that in some cases this one has to be used, and in another no. We see when YES you must use it:

  • With the names of geologic regions, mountainous chains, seas, the oceans, groups of islands and rivers. Ex: The Atlantic Ocean. €“ The Atlantic Ocean; The Canary Islands. €“ The Canary Islands.

  • Outside the geographic scope, also you have to use €œThe€ with the names of buildings, famous works of art, museums, monuments, the names of newspapers and, very peculiar case, with names of hotels and restaurants as long as they do not take the name of any person. Ex: I would like to visit the Avengers building. €“ I would like to visit the building of the Avengers.

  • And very kind to this point; also the article determined in English €œThe€ with countries is used. But only when these go in plural or contain the words €œRepublic€, €œKingdom€ or €œStates€. That is to say, and as a example: The Republic of France takes €œThe€, but not thus France to droughts.

  • Already finally; the definite article €œThe€ also accompanies to the names of the families when these do not talk about to a member in particular. Ex: The Simpsons. €“ The Simpsons.

All this what means? Since €œThe€ is not used in the rest of cases that contain own names. That is to say, it does not accompany to names of countries in singular; names of languages; names of people; names of stores; names of magazines; names of mountains, specific Lagos and islands; and the majority of the names of cities, streets, stations and airports. He is nothing There!


When it is not had to use the grammar article in English €œThe€

Finally and next, we are going to see in what situations never, never you have to use the article determined in English €œThe€. Nevertheless, it remembers that right in the previous point we have named other assumptions in which is not used either. In particular to which to own names one talks about:

  • Neither with €œBreakfast€, nor with €œLunch€, nor with no other name of meals.

  • You know that of €œThe Prince Charles€? Then very badly! The honorary titles never can go preceded of €œThe€ some€. The correct thing would be to say €œPrince Charles then€.

  • The professions you cannot either go accompanied of the article determined in English €œThe€.

  • As well as the years. €œ1948€, for example, never will go accompanied of article some.

  • And finally, that not less important, never you have to use €œThe€ with countless names. €œThe curls€, €œThe milk€, €œThe to war€ are examples of unnamable errors. Taken care of Much with them because he is one of the failures appellants that are committed with the article determined in English €œThe€.


And already it is! Or we have seen all the cases and exceptions where the article determined in English €œThe€ must (or not) make formal appearance. Taken care of much with these singularities. Mainly regarding the own names. Anyway, if it has been you some doubt, you do use of the plank of commentaries and enchanted we will try to advise 🙂 to you