The definite article is relatively easy to learn. Sometimes we tend to
make things harder or more complicated than they need to be, but this shouldn't be the case with the definite
English article 'the.'
It seems that those learning the English language sometimes face difficulties when
translating from their mother tongue.
Many languages use the article before certain nouns, whereas
in English we don't always use the article.
Remembering the following should help clear up any difficulties.
Definite Article: 'THE'
'The' is used before singular and plural nouns. The nouns are
specifically related to a member of a group. 'The' may also be used with count or non count nouns.
Ex: The child is playing in the back
Ex: The children are in the street.
Ex: The information you gave me is wrong.
Since languages are 'living' there are occasions when certain usages do, or can,
cause problems. Most problems with the definitive article are caused by not knowing when to
NOT use, or omit, it.
Some problems or difficulties
encountered when using the definite article...
In some cases the article is used and in others it is not (without any specific rule
or reason) other than, perhaps, user preference. Tendencies tend to reflect differences between place and
Ex: When I was at University (institution) = 'the' omitted
Ex: The match is at the University (location) = 'the' used
Likewise, there tends to be a couple of differences between American English and
British English regarding the use of the definite article.
Ex: British speakers may "go to hospital." (both location and
Ex: American speakers "go to the hospital." (both location and
For more information regarding the definite
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