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|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
- (stressed, prevocalic)
- (unstressed, preconsonantal)
- Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that the entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in the same sentence, or assumed already completely specified. Compare I’m reading a book with I’m reading the book.
- The street in front of your house. (But compare a street in Paris)
- The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
- When stressed, indicates that the object in question is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.
- That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.
- Indicates all persons to whom an adjectival noun applies.
- Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
- With a superlative, indicates the person or thing to which the superlative applies.
- That apple pie was the best.
- Used as an alternative to a possessive pronoun before body parts.
- A stone hit him on the head. ( = “A stone hit him on his head.”)
- Used with the name of a member of a class to refer to all things in that class.
- The cat is a solitary creature. ( = “All cats are solitary creatures.”)
- For examples of the usage of this word see the citations page.
The word the is pronounced /ðiː/ whenever it is pronounced as a distinct word, e.g.:
The word is generally pronounced indistinctly as /ðə/ or merely /ð/ in other situations, such as when attached to a word beginning with a consonant sound.
- The word “the” is the most common word in the English language.
- With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
- The hotter, the better.
- The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
- The more money donated, the more books purchased and the more happy children.
- It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
- With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result in the direction of the comparative. This can be negated with none.
- It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
- It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
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- IPA: [hɛ]
- Mutated form of te.
- ye (incorporated noun)
Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley (2003)
- Alternative spelling of te. (tea)
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