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 or prominent.
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 of endeavor.
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 is generic.

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 days.
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.
1h. rural 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.
2d. cherries at $1.50 the box.
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denoting one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge.
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French for tea. What do you mean I need at least 20 letters?
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"The" - A word most commonly and inappropriately used as a prefix to bands' names. Adding "The" before a band's name can cause it to change from a "progressive verb" tense to an "adjective". In other cases, if the band's name is a "plural noun", adding "The" causes personification of the band members, causing the plural to separate into 4-5 individual nouns. Misuse of the word "The" has ruined many artists' integrity, and must end NOW for the sake of humanity, music and the universe before it all ends in horrific flames and death. Please read below for blasphemous examples.
"The Smashing Pumpkins" -- If you are British, it makes perfect sense. (those pumpkins are absolutely "smashing"), but "Smashing Pumpkins" was meant to be the act itself, or the progressive tense of the verb "smash"

"The Deftones" -- It's impossible for each member of this band to be a "Deftone"... that is personification. The name itself was meant to be an adjective and a plural noun combined to describe the overall sound.

"The Counting Crows" -- an even worse example. Crows can't count! They're birds!! And the only band member that even resembles a crow is the keyboardist.
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