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Known or New?

Identified vs. unidentified article use

 

 

 

Use the if the noun is:

PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED   DEFINED BY ANOTHER MODIFIER   SHARED KNOWLEDGE  

Use "the" if the noun is mentioned:

arrow bullet  in an earlier sentence or paragraph

arrow bullet  as part of an item already introduced

Use "the" if the noun is defined by:

arrow bullet  a word (a proper noun) or determiner (this, that)

arrow bullet  a prepositional or adjective phrase

arrow bullet  a modifying clause

Use "the" if both listener and speaker:

arrow bullet  know the one (the car we both own)

arrow bullet  see the one (the book we are looking at)

arrow bullet  culturally know the one (the post office)

arrow bullet  or it is unique (the earth, the boy's mother)

Review if needed:  Article Summary

 

 

 

 

Practice

Airport Snag

suitcase on wheels

 

 

 

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. ("0" – no article).
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

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