Leading Purveyor of Bahasa Malaysia and English Writing for KSSR * PT3 * SPM

Paper 2 – Section A

General V. specific

The is not used when we refer to nouns used in a general or universal sense.

Rice is grown in many countries.
Gold is an expensive commodity.
Oranges are sold in the market.
Man is a rational creature.

But the is used if we are referring to a particular kind.

The rice we eat is exported from many countries.
The gold sold at that jeweller’s is of a high quality.
The oranges we eat every day are bought from the market.
The man standing at the corner of the street is looking at you.

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