Grammar Patterns

the N

the N

The noun is preceded by the determiner the.
theNoun
thedead
thefront
thepentathlon
theroadside
thespeed limit
thesun
thethrone
Many nouns sometimes have the in front of them, when the thing referred to has already been mentioned. Some proper nouns are always preceded by the: see Section 8.The nouns listed here are those which are always or typically preceded by the. Most of them are singular nouns or plural nouns.Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'impossible' groupThe 'rich' and 'poor' groupThe 'English' groupThe 'public' groupThe 'government' groupThe 'president' groupThe 'presidency' groupThe 'seller' groupThe 'butcher' groupThe 'sea' groupThe 'open air' groupThe 'dark' groupThe 'daytime' groupThe 'beginning' and 'end' groupThe 'sound barrier' groupThe 'crunch' groupThe 'basics' groupThe 'downside' groupThe 'opposite' groupThe 'outcome' groupThe 'east' groupThe 'lowlands' groupThe 'back' groupThe 'floor' groupThe 'bathroom' groupThe 'bull's eye' groupThe 'nick' groupThe 'field' groupThe 'forefront' groupThe 'dregs' groupThe 'media' groupThe 'adverts' groupThe 'text' groupThe 'low-down' groupThe 'electoral register' groupThe 'theatre' groupThe 'circus' groupThe 'arts' groupThe 'bomb' groupThe 'go-ahead' groupThe 'axe' groupThe 'action' groupThe 'measles' groupThe 'long jump' groupThe 'piano' groupThe 'tango' groupThe 'underground' groupThe 'dollar' groupThe 'economy' groupThe 'passive' groupThe 'washing-up' groupThe 'niceties' groupThe 'norm' groupThe 'fashion' groupThe 'above' groupNouns with other meaningsOther productive uses

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