Tools for Writing: The Definite Article and Generalizations
The definite article, the, is used to talk about one specific object or person.
They got the cat from the Eastside Animal Shelter.
However, the definite article is not used when speaking generally.
People drink coffee to help them stay awake. NOT: The people drink the coffee to help them stay awake.
Read the sentences. Cross out the where it appears incorrectly.
1. The men are often taller than women.
2. The students in Ms. Fatima’s class work harder than the students in Ms. Badria’s class.
3. The people in Saudi Arabia enjoy calligraphy and poetry. keep (one’s) mind off of (something) keep an open mind give (someone) a piece of (one’s) mind set (one’s) mind at ease lose (one’s) mind have a lot on (one’s) mind
4. The people at the fair enjoyed the rides and the food.
5. It is always frustrating to drive in the traffic.
6. The traffic in my area is terrible in the morning.
Write an essay about a new kind of technology. It can be a technology that is already in use or that will be used in the future. Explain the technology and tell the reader whether you think it is a good thing or not, and why.
Write Your Essay
1. Decide what technology you want to write about.
2. Use two or three sources from the library or Internet to find information about the technology. Use a note-taking chart to keep track of your sources and the information you find in each.
3. Write a draft of your essay.
4. Have a partner read and comment on your draft. Use your partner’s comments and suggestions to revise your essay. Include a list of the sources you used in your final draft.
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