Usamos THE cuando sólo hay una cosa de algo:
What is the longest river in the world?
I’m going away at the end of this month
Pero usamos a / an para decir qué clase de cosa es:
The sun is a star (one of many stars)
The hotel we stayed at was a very nice hotel
the sky the sea the ground the country the environment
We looked up at all thestars in the sky
Would you rather live in a town or in the country?
We must do more to protect the environment
2. Decimos ‘space’ no ‘the space’ cuando nos referimos a ‘space in the universe’:
There are millions of stars in space
I tried to park my car but the space was too small
3. Usamos THE antes de same: the same
Your pullover is the same colour as mine
These two photographsare the same
4. Decimos (go to) the cinema, the theatre sin que sea un teatro o cine en particular:
I often go to the cinema, but I haven’t been to the theatre for ages
5. Normalmente decimos the radio, pero television:
I often listen to the radio
I often watch television
We heard the news on the radio
We watched the news on television
Can you turn off the television, please?(the TV set)
I’m going to buy a new radio / television
6. Normalmente no usamos artículo con los nombres de comidas (breakfast, lunch,etc.)
What did you have for breakfast?
We had lunch in a very nice restaurant
What time is dinner?
Pero usamos a si hay un adjetivo antes:
We had a very nice lunch
7. NO usamos the antes de un nombre seguido de número:
Our train leaves fromPlatform 5
Have you got these shoes in size 43?
Lo mismo con: Room 126, Page 29, Section A, etc.
8. School, prison, hospital, church – no usamos the cuando pensamos en una idea general de esos lugares y para qué se usan:
Ken’s son is in prison for robbery
Ken went to the prison to visit his brother
Jack had an accident last week. He was taken to hospital. He’s in hospital now(as a patient)
Jill has gone to the hospital to visit Jack. She’s at the hospital now (as a visitor)
When I leave school, I want to go to university
Excuse me, where is the university, please? (the building)
Mr. Kelly goes to church every Sunday (to a religious service)
The workmen went to the church to repair the roof
9. Bed, work, home
Decimos: go to bed / be in bed (no‘the bed’)
It’s time to go to bed now
This morning I had breakfast in bed
I sat down on the bed (a particular piece of furniture)
Decimos: ‘go to work / be at work / start work, etc.’
Ann didn’t go to work yesterday
What time do you usually finish work?
Decimos: ‘go home / come home / arrive home / be at home, etc.’
It’s late. Let’s go home.
Will you be at hometomorrow afternoon?
Decimos: ‘go to sea / be at sea’
Keith is a seaman. He spends most of his life at sea
I’d like to live near the sea
It can’t be dangerous to swim in the sea
_ Cuando hablamos de cosas o gente en general no usamos the:
I’m afraid of dogs
Doctors are paid more than teachers
Crime is a problem in most big cities
Do you often listen to classical music?_ Decimos: ‘most people / most books / most cars…’ (no ‘the most’)
Most people like George
_ Usamos the cuando nos referimos a gente o cosas en particular:
Children learn a lot from playing (children in general)
We took the children to the zoo
I often listen to music
The film wasn’t very good but I liked the music
All cars have wheels
All the cars in this car park belongto people who work here
Sugar isn’t good for you
Can you pass the sugar, please?
_ Usamos the + nombre contable singular para hablar de un tipo de animal, máquina, ect.:
When was the telephone invented?
The bicycle is an excellent means of transport
The giraffe is the tallest of all animals
The dollar is the currency of the USA
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