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=definite article=
 
=definite article=
  
two pronunciations: ðə before a consonant, and ði before a vowel.
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two pronunciations: <span style="color:darkgreen;">ðə</span> before a consonant, and <span style="color:darkgreen;">ði</span> before a vowel.
  
The sound ð is often deictic.  That means it points to something in the world.  (digit - doigt - deixis)
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The sound <span style="color:darkgreen;">ð</span> is often <i>deictic</i>.  That means it points to something in the world (or something that's been pointed out earlier in the course of discussion).  (digit - doigt - deixis)
  
e.g.  there, them, they, then, this, that, etc.
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e.g.  there, them, they, then, this, that, thus, therefore, these, those, thither, whither, etc.
  
 
=definite determiner=
 
=definite determiner=
=correlative construction=
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Another way of saying 'definite article'.  People use determiners to determine just what exactly they are talking about:
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*''the''  (definite determiner)
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* ''a'' (indefinite determiner) 
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*''my'', ''your'', etc.  (possessive determiner)
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Quantifiers
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* not any
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* any 
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* each
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* every
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* no
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Demonstratives
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*this
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*that
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*these
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*those
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Pre-determiners
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*all
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=Comparative correlative construction=
 
*The more, the merrier...
 
*The more, the merrier...
*The longer I waited to go to the hospital, the worse it got...
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*The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
 
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*The greater the risk, the greater the gain.
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*The longer you wait, the worse it gets.
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*The less said, the better.
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*The more we talked, the more I began to understand her point of view.
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*:"What big eyes you have, grandmother!" 
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*:"The better to see you with, my dear."
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Latest revision as of 16:28, 11 April 2020

definite article

two pronunciations: ðə before a consonant, and ði before a vowel.

The sound ð is often deictic. That means it points to something in the world (or something that's been pointed out earlier in the course of discussion). (digit - doigt - deixis)

e.g. there, them, they, then, this, that, thus, therefore, these, those, thither, whither, etc.

definite determiner

Another way of saying 'definite article'. People use determiners to determine just what exactly they are talking about:

  • the (definite determiner)
  • a (indefinite determiner)
  • my, your, etc. (possessive determiner)


Quantifiers

  • not any
  • any
  • each
  • every
  • no

Demonstratives

  • this
  • that
  • these
  • those

Pre-determiners

  • all

Comparative correlative construction

  • The more, the merrier...
  • The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
  • The greater the risk, the greater the gain.
  • The longer you wait, the worse it gets.
  • The less said, the better.
  • The more we talked, the more I began to understand her point of view.
    "What big eyes you have, grandmother!"
    "The better to see you with, my dear."