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the is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
the

Pronunciation[change]

stressed, before a vowel
unstressed, before a consonant

Determiner[change]

Determiner
the

article

  1. Used, instead of a, to reference something specific, already known to exist.
    Compare "I read a book." and "I read the book."
  2. Used with a stress, to show that the word following is special.
    Are you the John Smith that I went school with?
  3. Used with an adjective that acts like a noun to mean all of the people concerned
    The poor are always with us

Grammar[change]