1. a. Used before singular or plural nouns
and noun phrases
that denote particular, specified persons or things.
b. Used before a noun
, and generally
stressed, to emphasize
one of a group or type as the most outstanding
c. Used to indicate uniqueness.
d. Used before nouns
that designate natural
phenomena or points of the compass.
e. Used as the equivalent of a possessive
adjective before names of some
parts of the body.
f. Used before a noun
specifying a field
g. Used before a proper name, as of a monument or ship.
h. Used before the plural form of a numeral denoting a specific decade
of a century
or of a life span.
i. Used before a singular noun indicating
that the noun
2. a. Used before an adjective extending
it to signify a class and giving it the function of a noun
b. Used before an absolute adjective.
c. Used before a present
participle, signifying the action in the abstract.
d. Used before a noun
with the force of per.
1a: the baby; the dress I wore.
1b: considered Lake
Shore Drive to be the neighborhood to live in these
1c. the Prince
of Wales; the moon.
1d. the weather; a wind from the south.
1e. grab him by the neck; an infection
of the hand.
1f. the law; the film industry; the stage.
1g. the Alamo; the Titanic.
life in the Thirties.
1i. The wolf is an endangered species.
2a. the rich; the dead; the homeless.
2b. the best we can offer.
2c. the weaving of rugs.
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