the Indefinite and Definite Article with Adjectives
Rule 5.4: Use the definite article with adjectives that describe groups of people.
Rich people get richer and poor people get poorer.
Blind people lead challenging lives.
X-Mansion was a school for gifted students.
You should always show kindness to homeless people.
Shortened using the
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
The blind lead challenging lives.
X-Mansion was a school for the gifted.
You should always show kindness to the homeless.
Rule 5.5: Use the definite article in specially created names and formal titles.
Name + the + Adjective
Elizabeth the Second
Henry the Eighth
Edward the Magnificent
Michael the Brave
Alfred the Great
Name + the + Noun
Peter the Hermit
William the Conqueror
Stan the Man
Bob the Butler
Frank the Tank
Rule 5.6: Use the definite article with the superlative
This is the best steak I have ever eaten.
Russia is the largest country in the world.
Jake is the strongest person I know.
Rule 5.7: Do not use the definite article with the comparative.
Correct: Today is a colder day than yesterday.
Incorrect: Today is the colder day than yesterday.
Correct: Can you give me better advice?
Incorrect: Can you give me the better advice?
Rule 5.8: The indefinite article may sometimes appear between an adjective and a noun when using the comparative as ___ as.
France is as advanced as Germany.
France is as advanced a country as Germany.
Chocolate isn’t as healthy as fruit.
Chocolate isn’t as healthy a food as fruit.
Extra!: The indefinite article may also appear between an adjective and a noun when using the word too.
Sword fighting is too dangerous to play.
Sword fighting is too dangerous a game to play.
It’s too shallow to dive into.
It’s too shallow a pool to dive into.
Rule 5.9: Use the definite article with double comparatives.
The earlier, the better.
The longer you stay up, the more tired you get.