AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE
4. No use of article is there after what kind of and When Meeta saw a girl the mother came in her.
what sort of. ̄
For example, the love of mother
What kind of a boy he is. —wrong 6. The is used before the names of :
What kind of boy he is. —correct Rivers Seas
What sort of a novel it is. —wrong Gulfs Deserts
What sort of novel it is. —correct Canals
5. These are some uncountable nouns, so we should
not use indefinite article before them.
The Amazon The Indian Ocean
Furniture Stationery Poetry Scenery
The Arabian Gulf The Sahara Desert
Perfumery Damage Luggage Baggage
Postage Haltage Traffic Offspring The Panama Canal
Information Advice Abuse Telephone 7. We place definite article The before the names of :
Group of Islands Series of Mountain
USE OF ‘THE’ Religious books/Holy Scriptures / Community
2. The is called the Definite Article, because it points For example,
out some particular person or thing. The West Indies The Rocky
For example, The Mahabharata The Gita
He visited the minister. The Hindu
Means some particular minister. 8. Definite article is used before the names of :
She called the doctor. Planes Ships
Means some particular doctor Stars Newspapers
The following rules are applied to in using The before Musical instruments
definite noun. For example,
1. Definite article The is used before a noun if it is The Pawan Hans The Titanic
used before relative pronoun stressly. The Sun The Times of India
For example, The Guitar The Prince of Wales
She is a girl who sings ghazal. —wrong 9. We use The before Comparative Degree if it is used
She is the girl who sings ghazal. —correct for two, or, it is used in parallel.
This is a bird which can fly. —wrong For example,
This is the bird which can fly. —correct Which is the more beautiful the Himalayas or the Alps.
2. The is placed after one of, each of, neither of, either The more you labour the more you gain.
of, none of, everyone of etc. Ramu is the better of the two.
For example, The higher you go, the lower is the wind.
One of boys is absent. —wrong 10. If two proper nouns are compared, we use definite
One of the boys is absent. —correct article before the last proper noun.
Neither of girls is intelligent. —wrong For example,
Neither of the girls is intelligent. —correct Sachin is the Lara of India.
Either of men was present. —wrong Kalidas is the Shakespeare of India.
Either of the men was present. —correct 11. The is used before ordinals.
3. The is used before the name of commission. For example,
For example, The former The latter
Verma commission is still functioning The first The second
—wrong The last
The Verma commission is still functioning.
The Ist division —wrong
The IInd division —wrong
4. If Adjective is followed by proper Noun use The
The IIIrd division —wrong
before that adjective.
12. The issued before the names of some countries
We love immortal Gandhi. —wrong
We love the immortal Gandhi. —correct
The United States The United Kingdom
̄ ̄ The Yemen
Adjective Proper Noun The United Nations Organisation
5. Whenever common Noun is used as adjective it is 13. The is used before the name of grand buildings
preceded by definite article The. and movements.
For example, For example,
When Ritesh found a boy the father came in him. The Taj Mahal The Qutub Minar
̄ The Charminar The Jama Masjid
the love of father The Lotus Temple