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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #2337: 'The' or nothing?
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    'The' or nothing?


    'THE' or nothing?


    1. Main rule:
    The definite article 'the' (invariable in form) designates a person, place, or event which has been specified or defined by the speaker:

    Here's the book I bought.
    The cat is on the roof.
    He said he would bring the money.


    2. Omission of the definite article
    No article is necessary in the following cases:

    2.1 Before abstract nouns or nouns representing general categories. It is often omitted after verbs expressing opinions or preferences:
    Truth is the highest good.
    I don't like animals.
    Cats are nicer than dogs.
    Time flies.
    She likes coffee, but she hates tea.


    2.2 Before days of the week and dates:
    On Tuesdays museums are closed.
    On Saturdays I sleep in.
    I was born on June 16, 1980.


    2.3 Before names of countries, states, cities, and regions:
    France is seventeen times smaller than the United States.
    California is larger than Brittany.

    Exception: Some names actually include the definite article, such as The Hague, the United States (of America)


    2.4. Before titles or nouns indicating professions:
    President Mitterrand completed two terms.
    We saw Professor Miller at the restaurant.
    She met with Doctor Schmidt.





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    5. I really like Queen Elizabeth II.
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    7. On Sundays, I sleep all day long.
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