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venseldo
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 2:11:23 AM
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Hello friends,

I used to think that I was okay in writing emails and documents but recently I found that I use articles impproperly, especially while useing "the". Are there any obvious rule of thumbs that could help me make sure I use them appropriately?

Cheers,
Venseldo

thar
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:12:30 AM

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Hi, and welcome.

this is a really big topic. I would advise you to search for an English grammar website (a trustworthy one) with an explanation of articles, then put them to use yourself and post here with what you think is right, and people can help you with anything you are getting wrong.

There are some simple rules but also some more complex examples, it is difficult without knowing what you are getting wrong. Maybe someone familiar with Japanese learners could give some pointers as to common misunderstandings.
antonio
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:25:45 AM
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The is an adjective.

The world is your oyster.

The - referred to the word world.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:33:30 AM
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Antonio - where on earth did you get that information from?
IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:50:20 AM
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Probably from a definite article on global oysterrorism.
antonio
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:10:28 AM
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Romany wrote:
Antonio - where on earth did you get that information from?


I was just telling that THE is an adjective, isnt it?
antonio
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:11:22 AM
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IMcRout wrote:
Probably from a definite article on global oysterrorism.



And no, not an article from the oysterrorism.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:35:59 AM

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antonio wrote:
Romany wrote:
Antonio - where on earth did you get that information from?


I was just telling that THE is an adjective, isnt it?


Why not try some dictionary? Like TFD.
antonio
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:53:32 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
antonio wrote:
Romany wrote:
Antonio - where on earth did you get that information from?


I was just telling that THE is an adjective, isnt it?


Why not try some dictionary? Like TFD.


I checked also with TFD and it says that THE is an adjective. Now, JJ. why not try checking TFD rather than acting like you know everything.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:04:24 AM

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Oh my!

Can you tell us what are the comparative forms of adjective the?
IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:29:06 AM
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That's easy, JJ: the, there, therst, and the the adverb is 'they'.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:32:38 AM

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You're most the, IMc! Thenks.
almostfreebird
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:42:05 AM
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What a coincidence!

Today I watched a really good movie(offbeat movie, I like offbeat movies)
that is "The Good Heart" http://www.allrovi.com/movies/movie/the-good-heart-v387565

The guy manages "Oysters bar".

Paul Dano is a good actor.

thar
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:53:44 PM

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oops, wrong thread (now that would have been weird)

but I am here now, so...

tfd says, although I must admit.....
def art (definite article)
adv (adverb) apparently!

neither is an adjective ant - you will confuse the newbie!
GeorgeV
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:27:59 PM
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antonio - I was looking for the correct spelling of telephon(e)y in the dictionary, and the word mouthy popped up.
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