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How to Use the Article “The”?

Check the sentences in each pair. 

 

  1. They provided expedited services similar to those offered by many states in the USA.
  2. They provided expedited services similar to those offered by many states in USA. 

 

  1. In 1916, the number of cases just in New York City was reported to be nine thousand.
  2. In 1916, number of cases just in New York City was reported to be nine thousand.

We use the article the 

  1. Countries or places where the name refers to a group of islands or states. 
    1. Cornwall was one of the first counties in the UK to adopt this action plan approach.
    2. In the USA, the term pear cider is used for perry.
    3. The coast-line of the Philippines, more than 11,000 meters.
  2. Superlative Form of an adjective.
    1. My cousin built his house on the vertex of the highest hill in the county.
    2. The heaviest rainfall occurs in April and is accompanied by violent storms.
    3. Indiana was the largest and finest ship in the Harbor.
  3. Cardinal numbers
    1. The first cars were called “horseless carriages.”
    2. In the second drawer, she found a checkbook with duplicates.
    3. Your room is the third on the left.
  4. Unique or only one in the world. 
    1. The earth beneath him trembled, which he took as a good sign.
    2. This could not be done without the Internet.
  5. Refer to a particular area.
    1. In a judgment of the judicial committee of the privy council in 1899.
    2. Once past the open vista, the road deteriorated, dropping into the forest on federal land.
  6. Phrase 
    1. Doing a job well is not the same as spending a lot of time on it.

Based on IELTS Writing Rubrics, 

You can get 7 in Grammatical Range and Accuracy when 

  • You use a variety of complex structures. 
  • Produces frequent error-free sentences.
  • You should have good control of grammar and punctuation but may make a few errors.

Going back to the example sentences.

  1. They provided expedited services similar to those offered by many states in the USA.
  2. They provided expedited services similar to those offered by many states in USA.  X
  1. In 1916, the number of cases just in New York City was reported to be nine thousand.
  2. In 1916, number of cases just in New York City was reported to be nine thousand. X

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