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▪ "When do you want this done?" "The sooner the better."
The more I read, the less I seem to understand.
▪ Frieda likes you the best.
▪ Tevis usually finishes the fastest.
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The \The\ ([th][=e]), v. i. See Thee. [Obs.]


The \The\ ([th][=e], when emphatic or alone; [th][-e], obscure before a vowel; [th]e, obscure before a consonant; 37), definite article. [AS. [eth][=e], a later form for earlier nom. sing. masc. s[=e], formed under the influence of the oblique cases. See That, pron.] A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning.

Note: The was originally a demonstrative pronoun, being a weakened form of that. When placed before adjectives and participles, it converts them into abstract nouns; as, the sublime and the beautiful.
--Burke. The is used regularly before many proper names, as of rivers, oceans, ships, etc.; as, the Nile, the Atlantic, the Great Eastern, the West Indies, The Hague. The with an epithet or ordinal number often follows a proper name; as, Alexander the Great; Napoleon the Third. The may be employed to individualize a particular kind or species; as, the grasshopper shall be a burden.
--Eccl. xii. 5.


The \The\, adv. [AS. [eth][=e], [eth][=y], instrumental case of s[=e], se['o], [eth][ae]t, the definite article. See 2d The.] By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform. ``Yet not the more cease I.''

So much the rather thou, Celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Irradiate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

definite article, late Old English þe, nominative masculine form of the demonstrative pronoun and adjective. After c.950, it replaced earlier se (masc.), seo (fem.), þæt (neuter), and probably represents se altered by the th- form which was used in all the masculine oblique cases (see below).\n

\n\n\n\n\nMasc.\nFem.\nNeut.\nPlural\n\n\nNom.\nse\n\nseo\nþæt\nþa\n\n\nAcc.\nþone\nþa\nþæt\nþa\n\n\n\nGen.\nþæs\nþære\nþæs\nþara\n\n\nDat.\nþæm\n\nþære\nþæm\nþæm\n\n\nInst.\nþy, þon\n
--\nþy, þon\n

\nOld English se is from PIE root *so- "this, that" (cognates: Sanskrit sa, Avestan ha, Greek ho, he "the," Irish and Gaelic so "this"). For the þ- forms, see that. The s- forms were entirely superseded in English by mid-13c., excepting a slightly longer dialectal survival in Kent. Old English used 10 different words for "the" (see table), but did not distinguish "the" from "that." That survived for a time as a definite article before vowels (that one or that other).\n

\nAdverbial use in the more the merrier, the sooner the better, etc. is a relic of Old English þy, the instrumentive case of the neuter demonstrative (see that).


Etymology 1 article 1 (non-gloss definition definite Definite that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specify specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already completely specified.) (from 10th c.) 2 Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time. (from 10th c.) 3 (non-gloss definition: With a superlative, it and that superlative refer to one object.) (from 9th c.) 4 (non-gloss definition: Introducing a term to be taken generically; preceding a name of something standing for a whole class.) (from 9th c.) 5 (non-gloss definition: Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective.) (from 9th c.) 6 Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is most usually of concern, or most common or familiar. (from 12th c.) 7 (non-gloss definition: Used before a body part (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun.) (from 12th c.) 8 (non-gloss definition: When stressed, indicates that it describes an object which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.) (from 18th c.) Etymology 2

adv. 1 With a comparative or ''more'' and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives. 2 (non-gloss definition: With a comparative, and often with ''for it'', indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated with ''none''.)


Ṭhē is an additional letter of the Arabic script. It has the basic shape of tāʼ (ت), but with vertical dots, rather than horizontal. It is not used in the Arabic alphabet itself, but is used to represent an aspirated in Sindhi, a language mainly spoken in Pakistan.

Sindhi is also written in Devanagari, where the corresponding letter is ठ.

Category:Arabic letters


THE is a three-letter acronym that may refer to:

  • Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven (former name of Eindhoven University of Technology), a Dutch university of technology
    • THE multiprogramming system, a computer operating system which was developed there under Edsger Dijkstra
  • THE Tunnel, Trans Hudson Express Tunnel
  • The Hessling Editor, a text editor modeled on the VM/CMS editor XEDIT
  • Times Higher Education, a British magazine which focuses on Higher Education in the UK and elsewhere
  • The Human Equation, an album by progressive metal musical project Ayreon
  • The Humane Environment (now known as Archy), designed by human-computer interface expert Jef Raskin
  • Transhiatal esophagectomy, a type of surgery
  • Texas hold'em a type of poker game
  • Total Healthcare expenditure
  • Total Home Entertainment
The (Cyrillic)

The (Ҫ ҫ; italics: Ҫ ҫ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. The name the is pronounced , like the pronunciation of in "theft". In Unicode, this letter is called "Es with descender". In Chuvashia, it looks identical to the Latin letter C with cedilla (Ç ç Ç ç). Occasionally it also has the hook diacritic curves rightward, as in the SVG image shown in the sidebar. In many fonts, the character hooks to the left.

The is used in the alphabets of the Bashkir and Chuvash languages.

  • In Bashkir it represents the voiceless dental fricative .
  • In Chuvash it represents the voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative .

It is usually romanized as ⟨ś⟩.

The (disambiguation)

The is the definite article in English.

The may also refer to:

  • The (Cyrillic), a Cyrillic letter used in the Bashkir and Chuvash language
  • Ṭhē, a letter of the Arabic alphabet
  • The (surname), alternative spelling of the Chinese surname Zheng commonly used in Indonesia
  • The The, a British music group
  • The..., an EP by JYJ
  • "The", an episode of the Adult Swim animated television series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force
  • " T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)", a 2011 song by
  • The, an imprint of the German group VDM Publishing devoted to the reproduction of Wikipedia content
The (206)

The (206) (styled “The [206]” on-screen) is a local sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Washington, broadcast by NBC affiliate KING-TV, that premiered on January 6, 2013. The show is broadcast on Sunday at 1:00 AM (Pacific), following Saturday Night Live. It is the successor to Almost Live! and much of the comedy is related to Seattle events and culture.

After two initial episodes, the show left the schedule locally; however, it returned for a full season on April 27, 2013. The first season consists of 12 episodes, the last of which aired July 28, 2013. In addition, the "Not Especially Special, Special" was aired on July 7, 2013.

The second season began on November 16, 2013, and ended on May 3, 2014.

The third season began on October 18, 2014, but without John Keister; it was announced that he left the show to pursue other interests. He said he is now putting together a one-man show called "The Keister Monologues." It ended on May 2015.

The show was revamped in September 2015 as Up Late Northwest (but branded on air as Up Late NW), which retained the basic sketch comedy/guest format for the show, but the show can now be seen in cities throughout the Pacific Northwest, not just Seattle.