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The – Later Mention

Refer to a noun identified by information after it

holding puzzle piece
 

 

4) Identified by Information After the Noun

ANY

A noun refers to "any" items until it is identified by information stated later in the sentence.

ANY ONE

Give me a puzzle piece.    

Give me a puzzle piece over there.  

*Give me a puzzle piece that you have in your hand. (You have one in you hand.)

 

THE – DEFINITE –—IDENTIFIED LATER IN THE SENTENCE

Identifying information can be included in the form of where it is, by what it looks like, or by visually seeing it.

A DEFINITE ONE

Give me the piece over there(AdvP)  a specific piece

Give me the piece inside the box. (PP)

Give me the piece that you are holding.   (Cls)

Give me the piece that is upside down.   (Cls)

Give me the piece you see there.   (Cls)

Give me the piece with the black center. (PP)

 

*incorrect, not used

AdvP – Adverbial Phrase

PP – Prepositional Phrase

Cls – Clause (finite)

 

 

 

The

Summary of Uses

 

 

 

Summary for Using The

LINK MEANS OF IDENTIFICATION CONTEXTUAL EXAMPLE

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The noun is identified by:

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

The-Earlier Mention   

1)  by earlier, second mention

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

The-Earlier Mention   

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. 

current page this page 

4)  by a phrase or clause after the noun  

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

The-Shared Knowledge

5)  by both knowing or seeing it

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

The-Shared Knowledge

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

Hand me the last piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Identified by name

New Jersey and California outlines
 

 

Decide which article to use with each identified or unidentified noun.
 

UNIDENTIFIED IDENTIFIED BY NAME

A state with a lot of natural resources has great wealth.

The state with a lot of natural resources, California, has great wealth.

 

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Practice 2

Identified by phrase or clause

Fruit Stand
 

 

Identified or not?

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Practice 3

Identified by phrase or clause

the planets in the solar system
 

 

An identifying vs. a nonidentifying clause

AN IDENTIFYING CLAUSE 

 TRUE FOR ONE – The clause "next to mars" identifies it as Mar's moon, and potato-shaped identifies it as Phobos. 

The moon next to Mars looks like an old potato.

A   NONIDENTIFYING CLAUSE  

 TRUE FOR ANY– The clause "which is beautiful to see" is true of any moon on Uranus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, etc.

A moon, which is beautiful to see, is cold and desolate. (Use commas.)

 

 

 

 

Is it true for one planet (identified) or true for any planet (not identified)?

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crater (N) – a bowl-shaped depression with a raised rim, formed by the impact of a meteoroid

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   rock (expression) – planet

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in the Kuiper belt.