Grammar: 8 rules for using ‘THE’ in English

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http://www.engvid.com United States or The United States? U.K. or The U.K.? Unsure of when to use a definite or an indefinite article? Watch this lesson and stop making these common mistakes in English!

For many non-native speakers of English who don’t have articles in their own language, it can be really difficult to use articles correctly. Even for speakers of languages that have articles, it is difficult to get your use of articles right 100% of the time. This is because there are many exceptions and irregular grammar rules.

In this lesson, I’ll teach you what these exceptions are, so you can be sure to remove these common mistakes from your English. Even if you are an advanced speaker of English, I’m sure you will discover one or two rules that you didn’t know about. Watch the lesson, then take the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/grammar-8-rules-the/

TRANSCRIPT

http://www.engvid.com United States or The United States? U.K. or The U.K.? Unsure of when to use a definite or an indefinite article? Watch this lesson and stop making these common mistakes in English!

For many non-native speakers of English who don’t have articles in their own language, it can be really difficult to use articles correctly. Even for speakers of languages that have articles, it is difficult to get your use of articles right 100% of the time. This is because there are many exceptions and irregular grammar rules.

In this lesson, I’ll teach you what these exceptions are, so you can be sure to remove these common mistakes from your English. Even if you are an advanced speaker of English, I’m sure you will discover one or two rules that you didn’t know about. Watch the lesson, then take the quiz at http://www.engvid.com/grammar-8-rules-the/

TRANSCRIPT

Hi, everyone. I’m Jade. In this lesson today, we’re looking at the rules for articles, but more specifically, the rules where we have exceptions in using articles. So when I’m observing people’s English, all the time I’m hearing the same mistakes with articles. So what you will learn to do in this lesson is how to avoid those really, really common mistakes I hear all the time.

If you’re somebody who just doesn’t use articles at all because in your native language, you don’t have articles, I understand it can be really, really hard to start using them. But they are an important aspect of grammar, and you should be using them. So if you watch this lesson, you’ll get some tips for using articles, where you need them, and where you shouldn’t use them. And also, if you’re someone who’s getting articles right nearly all the time, I’m quite sure that you will pick up one or two rules here that you didn’t know before. So let’s get started.

There are eight different rules. Rule No. 1: When we’re talking about countries, most countries we don’t use an article. So here some sentences. “She lives in England. They live in America.” We don’t use articles. But if the country’s considered to be a nation state, a collection of different states, or a collection of different countries in one bigger state, then we use articles. Here are examples. So “the U.S.A., the U.K., the U.A.E.” — where I spend a lot of my time — and here are — also, we need to mention islands. When a country is a group of islands, we always use articles. So we would say “the Virgin Islands”, and we’d say “the Philippines” as well.

It’s interesting that we can say, “She lives in England” because England is one country, but when talking about the same — okay, it’s not exactly the same place, the U.K., because it’s — the U.K. is more than one country. It’s more than just England. But sometimes people think of it as being the same place. It’s not. When we’re talking about the U.K., we need an article, but just for “England”, it’s okay not to use an article.

Let’s take a look at rule No. 2. Rule No. 2 — this is a really subtle rule, here. And this one I always correct in sentences. When people talk about meals — breakfast, lunch, dinner, also brunch is a meal you might not know. It’s in between breakfast and lunch. — we don’t use articles. So here’s a correct sentence. “I don’t eat breakfast.” I’m talking in general there. “I don’t eat breakfast.” That’s okay to say. However, if I’m being specific, “We didn’t like the dinner”, it’s okay to use an article here. You need to. So what does the sentence actually mean? Imagine that we were out last night, and we had a meal. And now, we’re talking about it. “Well, the place was nice, but I didn’t like the dinner.” Being specific about that experience we had. If I’m talking in general, “I don’t like dinner”, that would just mean all the time, okay? So it’s a very big difference in meaning.

Now, we’ll look at rule No. 3 for jobs. Jobs take the indefinite article. That’s a grammar word. And “indefinite article” means “a”. We don’t use “the”.

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14 Comments

  1. Kusuma Nook

    May 23, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Teacher you're so cute! I really like your teaching style! :>

  2. Margo Margo

    May 23, 2017 at 4:45 am

    You don't look very happy to explain these rules. Also you're not explaining them clearly. Don't like video. Thumb down.

  3. Athina Isaakidou

    May 23, 2017 at 4:53 am

    We do use the definite article with:
    • countries whose names include words like kingdom, states or republic:
    the United Kingdom; the Kingdom of Nepal; the United States; the People’s Republic of China!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • countries which have plural nouns as their names:
    the Netherlands; the Philippines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Percivil Suade

    May 23, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Why do the English say at movies, or at hospital instead of at the movies, or at the hospital? Unless you are driving somewhere far off you would be referring to a specific place, like the local hospital or favorite theater. I can not find an answer and it is driving me nuts.

  5. Fernando Salazar

    May 23, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Thank you, so helpful!! BTW you could act as Arya Stark as well 🙂

  6. Trí Trần

    May 23, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Jade, I would like to admit this, you are adorable.

  7. Julie Wren

    May 23, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Thank you for your helpful information for my student.

  8. Aipara Birjan

    May 23, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Thank yoooooou soooo much <3

  9. Layarion

    May 23, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Great video, you're better than some of the other instructors on engVid.

  10. Layarion

    May 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

    "The people among Korean peninsula are kindred people." Should be "The Korean peninsula" yes? because there is only one Korean peninsula?

  11. Fadi Haesso

    May 23, 2017 at 7:16 am

    thanks for the lesson

  12. NIVEDITA HEMBROM

    May 23, 2017 at 7:26 am

    No energy !!,, I get bored.

  13. yunus Karabela

    May 23, 2017 at 7:32 am

    anlatacağın ingilizceye sokayım

  14. Hed Gy

    May 23, 2017 at 7:58 am

    but I don't want to use them, pleaseeee 😥 😂

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