definite article

noun Grammar.
an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies.

Origin:
1755–65

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definite article
 
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grammar Compare indefinite article a determiner that expresses specificity of reference, such as the in English

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definite article definition


The word the; the article that precedes names of specific items: “the dog,” “the boats,” “the heavy anchor.” (Compare indefinite article.)

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Example sentences
In addition, the definite article must agree in gender number and case with the noun.
The use of the definite article shows that the concluding sentence refers back to the same search described in the first sentence.
Students might need to know that the possessive has the same function as the definite article.
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