What is THE?

An article which particularizes the subject spoken of. “Grammatical niceties should not be resorted to without necessity; but it would be extending liberality to an unwarrantable length to confound the articles ‘a’ and ‘the.’ The most unlettered persons understand that ‘a’ is indefinite, but ‘the’ refers to a certain object.” Per Tilgh- man, C. J., Sharff v. Com., 2 Bin. (Pa.) 516 The fund which has received the benefit should make the satisfaction. 4 Bouv. Inst, note 3730.

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