Definite Article Parts of Body


Rule 8.9: Use the definite article with parts of the body that have come into contact with an outside object.


The lifeguard grabbed the drowning child by the hand and pulled him out of the water.
The suitcase hit Jill on the shoulder.
The traitor stabbed his friend in the back.


Extra! Use possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their) in most other cases that relate to parts of the body.


Blaine needs to wash his face.
My stomach is growling. I need to eat.
Why are your hands shaking.

Exercise 7: The or possessive adjective? Write the for parts of the body that have come into contact with an outside object. Use the appropriate possessive adjective for everything else.