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    The Definite Article: "The"

    The definite article, the, appears as a prefix on nouns or adjectives and consists of the letter: h.

    It is voweled in one of the following fashions: ;h, 'h, or ,h.

    For example:

    a song =


    a woman =


    the song =


    the woman =


    Let's look at the following noun and adjective combinations:

    A. a good song =

    . . . bAj ryiv . . .

    = an indefinite phrase

    B. the good song =

    . . . bAJ;h ryiV;h . . .

    = a definite phrase

    C. The song is good. =

    bAj ryiV;h

    = a complete sentence

    Notice that the consonants following the definite article in most of the above examples are geminated (have a dagesh/dot). This is the case for all consonants following the definite article, h, with the exception of a, h, x, [, and r.

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    Last edited by hyssop; 02-06-2002 at 02:01 AM.

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