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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', which I personally find more useful. People use determiners to determine just what exactly they are talking about:

  • his cat
  • a stray cat
  • any cat
  • all cats
  • no cats
  • that fat cat
  • these kittens
  • those mice
  • them (nb: not a determiner)

correlative construction

  • The more, the merrier...
  • The longer I waited to go to the hospital, the worse it got...