#97 - Definite Articles #3 - English Grammar

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Definite Articles #3

Definite articles can also be used to identify a time period, a unique place (famous buildings or monuments), geographical areas (mountains, parts of land, or bodies of water) or some places that have plural names. Countries that include the words "kingdom", "republic", or "states" also use "the" before their names.

Definite Articles - time period
  • My parents were born in the 1950s.
  • It happened in the past.
  • What will happen in the future?
  • They found fossils from the Ice Age.
  • We watched a documentary about the Stone Age.

Definite Articles - unique place (famous buildings or monuments)
  • We are visiting the Grand Canyon this weekend.
  • We need to clean up the Earth.
  • Cheesecake is my favorite dessert in the world.
  • Have you visited the Eiffel Tower?
  • I want to visit the White House.

Definite Articles - geographical areas (mountains, parts of land, bodies of water)
  • Florida borders the Gulf of Mexico.
  • She tried to swim across the English Channel.
  • He flew over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Santa Claus lives in the North Pole.

Definite Articles - places that have plural names
  • She is from the Philippines.
  • We are going to the Bahamas in June.
  • My parents live in the Netherlands.

Definite Articles - places that have "kingdom", "republic", or "states" in their names
  • My ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
  • She is from the People's Republic of China.
  • He was born in the United States.

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