A very, very, very useful word that no one seems to be able to do without. Slightly more specific than 'a' or 'an'. Funnily enough, no one seems to be able to give it a decent definition either.
Person: What does the word 'the' mean?
Person 2: Why do you need to know? You just used it.
Person: What the hell? Did I?

Me: You just can't avoid the word 'the'. There's even one in my name...
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A common typo of the.
Tom went tot he store.
Whatt he hell was that?!?
Damn typos such as t he!
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Slang: used as an article when it's not necessary for extra slovenlyness and that ESL feel.
The George went on with his bad self.
That club is the real though.
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A word used, especially in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, to emphasize the importantance of something. "I'm going to the Dunkin' Donuts" instead of "I'm going to Dunkin' Donuts", or "I'm drinking the Moxie" instead of "I'm drinking Moxie"
"I'm going up to the Tahget, but since it's the busiest shopping day of the year, I'm going to be taking the asprin."
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a word primarily used to indicate specificity before a noun phrase.
"Mr. Rigot carried a box into the kitchen. Then he placed the box on the counter."

In the first sentence, it is unspecified which particular box is being referred to. It could be any box. However, in the second sentence, after having identified the box previously, "the" is used to indicate that it is indeed the same box as before.
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A literary article used to preface a noun
The bus
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The word coming before a noun; can be used in place of "a", but "a" indicates any, while "the" indicates a certain noun.

Can be pronounced (thuh) or (thee)

Can also be used before an adjective describing a noun, but never before just an adjective.

Used before a well known name/place/thing.

Used for the best/satisfying group/place to be.

To show a group of people, sometimes an adjective is the group.

Used to show a time period.
The happy sailor drinks lemonade.
The park is full of angry children.
Charlie is the ogre; Anna is the princess.
Today's profit is not the same as yesterday's.
If you're going fishing, Thompson's Lake is the place to be.
The west.
The East Coast.
The foolish people, all lined up in a row.
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