The definite article the is pronounce / ði / before vowels and mute h.

Before all other sounds it is pronounced / ðə /.

 

The Definite Article

The Definite Article

 

The / ði /:

the artist /ði  ˈɑːtɪst/
the apple /ði  ˈap(ə)l /
the egg /ði  ˈɛɡ /
the end /ði  ˈɛnd/
the hour /ði ˈaʊə/
the honor /ði ˈɒnə/

 

The / ðə /:

 

the boy / ðə bɔɪ /
the street / ðə striːt /
the park /ðə pa:k /
the picture /ðə pɪktʃə /
the dog /ðə dɒɡ/

 

The definite article has the same form for the singular and the plural – the.

 

the mountain the mountains
the answer the answers
the car the cars
the park the parks
the town the towns
the dog the dogs

 

 

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