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Pronunciation: /ðiː; ðə/

Translation of the in Arabic:

determiner/محدِّد

  • 1 (specifying, identifying etc) ([ أَداة التَعْريفِ ]) الْ two chapters of the book فَصْلانِ من الكِتابِ I met them at the supermarket قابَلْتُهُمْ في المَرْكَزِ التِجاريِّ the wounded الجَرْحى the Smiths are coming to tea سَتَأْتي عائِلةُ سْميث لِتَناوُلِ الشايِ مَعَنا
  • 2 (for emphasis) it's the place to buy shoes/vegetables هو أَفْضَلُ مَكانٍ لِشِراءِ الأَحْذِيةِ \ الخُضْرَواتِ it's the Chinese restaurant هو أَفْضَلُ مَطْعَمٍ صينيٍّ
  • 3 (enough) he hadn't the courage to refuse لم تَكُنْ لَدَيْهِ الشَجاعةُ الكافِيةُ لِيَرْفُضَ we don't have the money for the repairs لَيْسَ لَدَيْنا المالُ الكافي للإصْلاحاتِ
  • 4 (with eras) the fifties الخَمْسينيّات the nineteenth and twentieth centuries القَرْنَانِ التاسِعَ عَشَرَ والعِشْرونَ
  • 5 (with comparatives) the news made her all the sadder زادَتْها الأَخْبارُ حُزْناً the more I learn the less I understand كُلَّما ازْدَدْتُ عِلْماً ازْدَدْتُ جَهْلاً the sooner the better كُلَّما كانَ أَبْكَرَ كُلَّما كانَ أَفْضَلَ
  • 6 (with superlatives) the fastest train أَسْرَع قِطارٍ she buys only the best هي لا تَشْتَري سِوى الأَفْضَلِ

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