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The – Earlier Mention

Referring to an already known noun

puzzle piece
the puzzle piece

 

 

1) Known by Earlier Mention

FIRST MENTION – A

Use a when first mentioning a noun.

This is a piece of a puzzle.
  puzzle piece
Use a piece when you introduce an item.

SECOND MENTION – THE

Use the when mentioning the noun again.

The piece fits into the top of a puzzle.
 puzzle piece fitting into puzzle
Use the piece when you second mention it a second time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The – Earlier Mention

By Another Name

 

 

 

2) Mentioned by Another Name (synonym)

FIRST MENTION – A

The first time a noun is mentioned, use a.

   This is a piece of a puzzle.
  puzzle piece

SECOND MENTION – THE

The next time the noun is mentioned, even if by another name, use the

  The part fits into the top of the puzzle.
   puzzle piece fitting into puzzle 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The"

Summary of Uses

 

 

 

Summary for Using The

LINK MEANS OF IDENTIFICATION CONTEXTUAL EXAMPLE

Page focus

The noun is identified by:

The is used as part of a larger context or understanding.

current page this page 

1)  by earlier, second mention

This is a puzzle piece. The piece fits into a puzzle. 

current page this page 

2)  by another name (synonym)

This is a puzzle piece. The parts are rather small.  (a piece = a part)

The-Included Parts   

3)  as an expected part of a larger item

This is a puzzle.  The pieces are inside the box. 

The-Later Mention 

4)  by a phrase or clause after it

The part on top is here.  /  The part that I am holding is a corner.

The-Shared Knowldg 

5)  by both knowing or seeing it

Hand me the piece.   (We both know / see which one.)

The-Shared Knowl 

6)  by its uniqueness (It is the only one.)
 

Hand me the last piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

The – Second Mention

jigsaw puzzle app
 

 

Read

An app called Jigsaw by M2H allows you to make a puzzle on your iPad or tablet.  ___ app opens and shows a wooden tabletop___ tabletop is filled with puzzle pieces. You can arrange them to see their shapes.  Then, you can drag a puzzle piece to its place.  If __ piece fits correctly, it stays. You can preview ___ puzzle picture or discover ___ picture as you put the pieces together. 

The puzzles have ___ easy level (24 pieces) and ___ complex level (96 pieces). You can choose ___ level of difficulty that you like.  You can also add __ picture of your own. ___ picture will become a new puzzle that you can send to friends.  This is __ great way to pass time and amuse yourself.   You can buy __ app in the Apple App Store.

app (n.) – a small application for a smartphone, tablet, or other portable device on iOS or Android.

complex (adj.) – having many details (difficult)

fit (v.) – be the correct size or shape

level (n.) –  the amount or degree of something, compared to another amount or degree (classes, skill levels, achievement, difficulty)

preview (v.) – view before doing something (starting the puzzle)

tabletop – desk top, the surface of the table

wooden (adj) – made of wood (from a tree)

 

 

Select and complete

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

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An app called Jigsaw by M2H allows you to make a puzzle on your iPad or tablet. 

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