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When to use the definite article (the)

  • With both countable and uncountable nouns
  • When there is no doubt what you are referring to
  • Also to specify what you are talking about (the noun may then be followed by a prepositional phrase or an adjective clause):

The bag in my car (the + noun + prepositional phrase)

The bag that I left in my car (the + noun + adjective clause)

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