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the using of the article THE with singular and plural names I noticed that in my English classworks the most of the errors I make are due to the using of the article "the"near singualar or plurals name, can someone elucidate to me ?i mean nouns (not names) for example if i write: I like candies --- i like the candies candies are good ---- the candies are good in italian we always use the article but in english is a little differentother examples: I'm watching tv --- i'm watching the TV i've been studying all the day -- i've been studying all the day are there rules to understand when i can use THE or not?
Jun 7, 2013 12:50 PM
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Well, one must be careful when using "the". "The" is specific: it tells us that the noun is already known and familiar, or at least very obvious. I initially misread your example sentence as "candles", but I'll still use "candles" as my example, because "candy" is uncountable and using "candies" would just confuse you more. I like candles = general meaning. I like the candles = a specific set of candles. Maybe the ones in a room design or on a cake. The listener would already know which group of candles you mean. I'm watching TV = viewing in general. I'm watching the TV = a specific television. PS. In English, the "I" (io) is always a capital letter.
June 7, 2013
What do you mean by "singular and plural names"? Are you referring to NOUNS? "The" in English has the same meaning as it has in Italian. The rules of use are the same. Only there are a few small differences. I suggest you learn the differences between English and Italian usage. It's much easier.
June 7, 2013
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