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Article 'the' / nothing
Article 'the' or "zero article":
The article 'the' is used for something very specific for the person who is speaking and the person who is hearing:
Here's the novel I've bought.
(Have a look! I'm showing it to you!)
The cat is on the roof.
Kim said that he would bring the money.
(The money he should have given to us.)
There is no article (zero article):
a) before abstract nouns, likes and dislikes, general things:
Truth is the highest good.
I like animals.
Cats are often smaller than dogs.
Wendy likes apple juice and she hates milk.
b) before the days of the week and dates:
On Wednesdays theatres are closed.
I was born on July 10th, 1978.
c) before countries, cities, areas:
Algeria is situated in North Africa.
Annaba is larger than Guelma.
(La ville d')Annaba est plus grande que (celle de) Guelma.
d) before titles and jobs:
President Peter Y. completed two terms.
She met Doctor John B.
Choose 'the' or nothing (-).
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