Complete Definition of "the"

see|thé|thè|thẻ|thê|thá»|thá»|thế|þe
wikipedia|The (disambiguation)
English
rank|-|-|-|1|the|of|and|to

Etymology
From OE. demonstrative pronoun term|þe|langang, a late variant of term|se|langang, originally masculine nominative, but in Middle English superceding all previous OE. forms (term|se|lang=ang, term|seo|sÄo, term|þæt).

Pronunciation
Stressed:
Unstressed:

Article
infl|en|article

  1. definite|Definite w:grammatical article|grammatical article that implies necessarily that the entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specify|specified later in the same sentence, or assumed already completely specified. Compare Iâm reading a book with Iâm reading the book.

#: The street in front of your house. (But compare a street in Paris)
#: The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.

  1. When stressed, indicates that the object in question is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.

#: That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.

  1. Indicates all persons to whom an adjectival noun applies.

#: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

  1. With a superlative, indicates the person or thing to which the superlative applies.

#: That apple pie was the best.

  1. Used as an alternative to a possessive pronoun before body parts.

#: A stone hit him on the head. ( = âA stone hit him on his head.â)

  1. Used with the name of a member of a class to refer to all things in that class.

#: The cat is a solitary creature. ( = âAll cats are solitary creatures.â)

Quotations
seecites

Usage notes
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The word the is pronounced /ðiË/ whenever it is pronounced as a distinct word, e.g.:
When it is used for emphasis (This is the hospital for heart surgery.).
When the speaker pauses between the and the next word (the ⦠sovereignty).
In many but not all dialects, when the next word begins with a vowel (the onion) (compare with a vs. an).

The word is generally not pronounced distinctly when attached to a word beginning with a consonant, in which case the e becomes a schwa or is dropped entirely. In dialects that do not pronounce the distinctly before a vowel, a glottal stop is generally inserted (e.g., the US in the US festival would still be pronounced differently from thus in thus festival seating should be outlawed).
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Trivia
The word âtheâ is the most common word in the English language.

Derived terms
nevertheless
nonetheless

Translations
rfc|There are lots of declensions and grammar notes here. They should be moved into the foreign language entries.
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Afrikaans: die
Albanian: t-|sq|-a|xsAlbanian, t-|sq|-i|xsAlbanian
Amuzgo: i' s, eâ¿' p
Arabic: -ا٠(Êal-)
Armenian: t|hy|-Õ¨|xs=Armenian (É)
Aragonese: o m, a f, os m|p, as f|p
Basque: -a
Breton: al, an, ar
Catalan: t+|ca|el|m, t-|ca|lo|m, t-|ca|es|m, t+|ca|so|m<!-- move notes to target entries: "i|after âambâ, âwithâ" -->, t+|ca|la|f, t-|ca|sa|f, t-|ca|els|m|p, t-|ca|es|m|p, t-|ca|sos|m|p<!-- move notes to target entries: "i|after âambâ, âwithâ"-->, t-|ca|ets|m|p<!-- move notes to target entries: "i|before vowel" -->, t-|ca|les|f|p, t-|ca|ses|m|f|p
Chinese: classifiers are used as the definite article in some cases''
Cornish:

Czech: not used
Danish: i|before noun t-|da|-en|c, t-|da|-et|n, t-|da|-ne||p; i|before adjective t-|da|den|c, t-|da|det|n, t-|da|de||p
Dutch: de m & f & p, het n
Esperanto: t+|eo|la|xs=Esperanto
Finnish: not used
French: t+|fr|le|m, t+|fr|la|f, t+|fr|les||p
Frisian: de, it
Georgian: not used
German: t+|de|der|m, t+|de|die|f, t+|de|das|n, t+|de|die|m|f|n|p, ...
Greek, Ancient: tø|grc|scpolytonic|á½|m|xsAncient Greek, tø|grc|scpolytonic|ἡ|f|xsAncient Greek, tø|grc|scpolytonic|Ïὸ|n|xsAncient Greek, tø|grc|scpolytonic|οἱ|m|p|xsAncient Greek, tø|grc|scpolytonic|αἱ|f|p|xsAncient Greek, tø|grc|scpolytonic|Ïά|n|p|xsAncient Greek, ...
Greek: t+|el|ο|m|tro|scGrek, t+|el|η|f|trÄ|scGrek, t+|el|Ïο|n|trto|scGrek
Hawaiian: ka, ke s; na p
Hebrew: &rlm;×-&rlm; i|ha-
Hindi: not used
Hungarian: t+|hu|a i|before consonant, t+|hu|az i|before vowel
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Icelandic: t-|is|-inn|m, t-|is|-in|f, t-|is|-ið|n|tr=-id, t-|is|-nir|m|p, t-|is|-nar|f|p, t-|is|-in|n|p
Indonesian: t+|id|si|xsIndonesian, t+|id|sang|xsIndonesian, t+|id|itu|xs=Indonesian
Interlingua: le#Interlingua|le
Irish: t+|ga|an|xsIrish, t-|ga|na|xsIrish
Italian: t+|it|il|m, t+|it|lo|m, t+|it|la|f, t+|it|i|m|p, t+|it|gli|m|p, t+|it|le|f|p
Japanese: not used, but often translated into t-|ja|ãã®|trsono|scJpan
Kölsch: dä m, die f, dat n
Korean: not used
Latin: not used
Maori: te#Maori|te s, nga p
Lithuanian: not used
Maltese: t-|mt|l-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|il-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|iÄ-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|id-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|in-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|ir-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|is-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|ix-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|iz-|xsMaltese, t-|mt|iż-|xsMaltese
Norwegian: t-|no|-en|m|c, t-|no|-a|f, t-|no|-et|n, t-|no|-ene|m|f|c|p, t-|no|-a|n|p, t-|no|-ene|n|p
Novial: li
Old English: t+|ang|se|m|xsOld English, t-|ang|seo|f|altsÄo|xsOld English, t+|ang|þæt|n|xsOld English
Polish: not used
Portuguese: t+|pt|o|m, t+|pt|a|f, t+|pt|os|m|p, t+|pt|as|f|p
Romanian: t-|ro|-ul|m|n, t-|ro|-a|f, t-|ro|-i|m|p, t-|ro|-le|f|n|p
Russian: not used
Samoan: le s, e p
Sicilian: lu m, la f; li m, f plural
Spanish: t+|es|el|m, t+|es|la|f, t+|es|los|m|p, t+|es|las|f|p, t+|es|lo|n
Swedish: t+|sv|den|m|f|c, t+|sv|det|n, t+|sv|de||p, t-|sv|-n, t+|sv|-en, t-|sv|-t, t-|sv|-et, t+|sv|-en||p, t+|sv|-na||p, t+|sv|-a||p
Tongan: te#Tongan|te
Turkish: not used
Ukrainian: not used
Welsh: t-|cy|y|xsWelsh, t-|cy|yr|xsWelsh, {[t|cy|'r|alt=âr}}
Yiddish: ×ער m (der), ×× f (di), ××ָס n (das)
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trans-top|Stressed, indicating that the object in question is the only one worthy of attention
Finnish: se, ne (pl.)
Japanese: t-|ja|ãã®|sc=Jpan
French: t+|fr|le|m, t+|fr|la|f, t+|fr|les||p
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Spanish: t+|es|el|m|alt=el!
Swedish: t+|sv|den|c, t+|sv|det|n, t+|sv|de|p
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trans-top|With an adjectival noun, as in âthe hungryâ to mean âhungry peopleâ
Finnish: not used
French: t+|fr|les||p
Greek: t+|el|ο|m|tro|scGrek, t+|el|η|ftri|scGrek, t+|el|Ïο|n|trto|scGrek; t+|el|οι|m|f|p|troi|scGrek, t+|el|Ïα|n|p|trta|scGrek
Italian: t+|it|i|m|p, t+|it|gli|m|p, t+|it|le|f|p
Japanese not used
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Portuguese: t+|pt|o|m, t+|pt|a|f, t+|pt|os|m|p, t+|pt|as|f|p
Spanish: t+|es|los|m|p, t+|es|las|f|p
Swedish: den c, det, n, de p
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trans-top|With a superlative
Dutch: t+|nl|het|m|f|n|p
Finnish: not used
French: t+|fr|le|m, t+|fr|la|f, t+|fr|les||p
Greek: t+|el|ο|m|tro|scGrek, t+|el|η|f|tri|scGrek, t+|el|Ïο|n|trto|scGrek; t+|el|οι|m|f|p|troi|scGrek, t+|el|Ïα|n|p|trta|scGrek
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Italian: t+|it|il|m, t+|it|lo|m, t+|it|la|f; t+|it|i|m|p, t+|it|gli|m|p, t+|it|le|f|p
Japanese: not used
Spanish: t+|es|el|m, t+|es|la|f, t+|es|los|m|p, t+|es|las|f|p, t+|es|lo|n
Swedish: t+|sv|den|c, t+|sv|det|n, t+|sv|de|p i|not always needed
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trans-top|Used as an alternative to a possessive pronoun before body parts
Finnish: t+|fi|-ni, t+|fi|-si, t+|fi|-nsa, t+|fi|-nsä, t+|fi|-mme, t+|fi|-nne
French: t+|fr|le|m, t+|fr|la|f, t+|fr|les||p
Greek: ÏÏον m (ston), ÏÏη f (sti), ÏÏο n (sto); ÏÏοÏÏ m|p (stous), ÏÏÎ¹Ï f|p (stis), ÏÏα n|p (sta)
Italian: t+|it|il|m, t+|it|lo|m, t+|it|la|f, t+|it|i|m|p, t+|it|gli|m|p, t+|it|le|f|p
Japanese: not used
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Spanish: t+|es|el|m, t+|es|la|f, t+|es|los|m|p, t+|es|las|f|p
Swedish: t+|sv|den|m|f|c, t+|sv|det|n, t+|sv|de||p, t-|sv|-n, t+|sv|-en, t-|sv|-t, t-|sv|-et; t+|sv|-en||p, t+|sv|-na||p, t+|sv|-a||p
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trans-top|Used with the name of a member of a class to refer to all things in that class
Finnish: not used
French: t+|fr|le|m, t+|fr|la|f, t+|fr|les||p
Greek: ο m (o), η f (i), Ïο n (to); οι m,f p (oi), Ïα n|p (ta)
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Italian: t+|it|il|m, t+|it|lo|m, t+|it|la|f, t+|it|i|m|p, t+|it|gli|m|p, t+|it|le|f|p
Japanese: not used, though something+ã¨ãããã® is often used.
Spanish: t+|es|el|m, t+|es|la|f, t+|es|los|m|p, t+|es|las|f|p
Swedish: -n c, -en c, n|p, -t n, -et n, -na c|p, -a c|p
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Adverb
infl|en|adverb

  1. With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.

#: The hotter the better.
#: The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
#: The more money donated, the more books purchased and the more happy children.
#: It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.

  1. With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result in the direction of the comparative. This can be negated with none.

#: It was a difficult time, but Iâm the wiser for it.
#: It was a difficult time, and Iâm none the wiser for it.

Translations
trans-top|the + comparative, the + comparative
Czech: Äím + comp., tím + comp.
Dutch: hoe + comp., hoe + comp.
Esperanto: t-|eo|ju|xsEsperanto + comp., t-|eo|des|xsEsperanto + comp.
Finnish: mitä + comp., + sitä + comp.
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German: je + comp., + desto + comp.
Swedish: ju + comp., + desto + comp.
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trans-top|Translations to be checked
ttbc|Old English: þy|þȳ
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ttbc|Slovene: Äem/tem
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See also
rel-top3|See also
a
an
qualifier|slang da
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qualifier|slang de
t'|tâ
that
rel-mid3
this
w:gramatical article|Wikipedia article on grammatical articles
w:the|Wikipedia article on the word âtheâ
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Murrinh-Patha

Noun
the

  1. ear|Ear.

See also
ye (incorporated noun)

References
Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley (2003)

Category:Murrinh-Patha nouns


Swedish

Noun
infl|sv|noun

  1. alternative spelling of|te

af:the
ar:the
cs:the
de:the
et:the
fa:the
fr:the
ko:the
io:the
it:the
ku:the
la:the
hu:the
mi:the
nl:the
ja:the
no:the
pl:the
pt:the
ru:the
simple:the
fi:the
sv:the
ta:the
te:the
vi:the
tr:the
zh:the

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