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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
__________ you have given me is more than I ever dreamed possible!

__________ is elusive. Whenever we try to catch it, it runs away.

__________ you have shown through this difficult time is really outstanding.

__________ for elders is a part of many cultural traditions.

__________ is an essential part of all relationships.

__________ on their website is not up to date.

Having enough money for __________ of our three children is our main concern.

__________ is a vital part of good health.

__________ going on between our families is very disturbing.

__________ is power.


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154 Comments on “Grammar: Using THE with common and abstract nouns”


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Thank you very much, Rebecca. I like your videos. It really help me.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Hi Rebecca, the lessons you has taught is very informative, thank you so much. Im very happy to be the first person made a comment in your class.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

    Hello, It’s nice to meet a person from VN here, especially from Nghe An. I’m from Ha Tinh, can I make friend with you? :)

    Thursday, May 26th 2016

    The use of this article -The- is a real headache for beginners and even for advanced students.

    The use of abstract nouns makes it even a bit more complicated to master its use.

    You chose a subtle teaching point for your grammar lesson Rebecca.

    Thanks for sharing all this with us. You’re right “Knowledge is power”.

    Thanks again!

    Tuesday, June 7th 2016

You are always very clear and explicit, I dare say that your lessons are a real delight. Thank you very much, Rebecca.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

“The” has always been difficult for me. But thanks to your lesson, I got some concept.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you very much Rebecca. I do like your lessons, as all of them contain a lot of examples to make the main idea more clear.
By the way, question number 4 is a bit tricky, isn´t it??

Thursday, May 26th 2016

You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Thursday, May 26th 2016

I am just copied the comment which is the same as mine.
You are always very clear and explicit, I dare say that your lessons are a real delight. Thank you very much, Rebecca

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Hi Rebecca.Please let me know why in the fourth sentence it is used :”Respect “and not “The respect”?,because as you have expainded “the”is for a specific thing,so as it is about “elders”,I thought that it’s correct using “the respect”.Thank you.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

    I have the same question like this ;)

    Thursday, May 26th 2016

The answer to the 4th question is contradictory to what you’ve taught in this lesson, especially in the example with ‘laughter’. So, which one is correct? Respect or the respect? Or maybe both, depending on whether you consider something as general or specific?

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you Rebecca.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Yes I also confused with 4th question

Thursday, May 26th 2016

    Hi, in my opinion, “respect” is the wright answer because that is very general ideal in all over the world; it is not specific thing . I hope this help.

    Thursday, May 26th 2016

      I agree with you

      Thursday, May 26th 2016

I got 10 correct ouf of 10 without watching the lesson ,, only by sense :D

now .. it’s time to watch the lesson

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you so much Ms. Rebecca for such very useful course, however, I have one concern in your example N* 4, cause you specified there that the respect is for elders, therefore it is wrong to use Respect here.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

by the way ,, i’ve considered question number 4 as a general concept because of this sentence ( as a part of many cultural traditions ) .. because w don’t talk about respect of elders in a specific tradition !

Am i right ??

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you Rebecca, the video is very informative. It would be very nice if you make a video about using the indefinite artickle A before abstract noun.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Ohh its too usefull thanks you sooooo much the lesson i got is too much informative.
God bless you dear

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Rebecca, Thanks for the very understandable lesson. WOW, I even didn’t make any mistake there.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Great! Thanx

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you Rebecca for good lesson .There are many beautiful, general and specific ideas in it. I want to ask, in 7th sentence of the quiz can we write education, without the?

Thursday, May 26th 2016

THANKS REBECCA FOR EVERYTHINGS))

Thursday, May 26th 2016

The Lesson you taught us is really very helpful.
Thankyou Ma’am :)

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Sorry to hear that some students had a problem with Question 4. What I explained in the lesson is still true. Question 4 seemed a little more challenging because it talked about “respect for elders”, which seemed like it was specific. However, we are speaking about “respect for elders” as a general concept. We are speaking about “respect for elders” in general and not about any specific group of elders, like the elders in my family or the elders of a tribe. Therefore, the guideline to NOT use “the” still applies. Hope this helps!

Thursday, May 26th 2016

    By the same token, it should have been ‘laughter’ and NOT ‘the laughter’ in your last example sentence in the video. That’s what confused many students.

    Friday, May 27th 2016

      I agree with you (soarq)
      can we say?
      laughter is magical.( off course not)
      off-course we have to add a noun after laughter.
      so I think it will be ( laughter of children is magical)
      but if we used (the)it will be like this
      (the laughter of the children is magical)
      am I right.

      Monday, May 30th 2016

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thank you a lot for the video. Still it is not quite clear to me why can’t we, according to your explanation for the “respect for elders” question, say “Laughter of children” referring to the question from the video? It can be treated as referring to children in general, not some specific children, as well. What are the hints/pointers to clearly recognize the difference?

    Thursday, June 2nd 2016

As ever your lessons are very useful. Now I undertood when I use the article “The”. Thank you very much!

Thursday, May 26th 2016

    Thank you very much. So glad you find the lessons useful, celsofurtado. I admire all our students who take charge of their future by taking the initiative to learn on their own. I wish you all the best.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

I messed up the question 4 as well ;)

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thanks a million Madam! I really love your way of teaching. It’s so simple and understandable way. Your’e gorgeous .It was a good idea to explain about Using”the” because i have a big problem in using it in the sentence. I’m going to be an English teacher in my city.I hope to be a good teacher like you,my English needs help though😃.ThankGod,I’m improving my English by this out of this world site.
Good bye my favourite teacher,
Take care,
Go ahead!

Thursday, May 26th 2016

    Thank you for your very kind comments. I am so glad to hear you are going to join our profession. You seem to have a lot of enthusiasm and passion as a person and that is such an important characteristic in any teacher. The ability to believe in our students and offer them our best is key. I wish you all the best with your English, your career, and the wonderful students you will meet along the way. I wish you all the best, Bushra hg.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

thanks it was very helpful

Thursday, May 26th 2016

THANK FOR THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO

Thursday, May 26th 2016

The little details make the difference when you are learning english.

I got confused now!!!!but thanks !!!!

Thursday, May 26th 2016

The use of “THE” has been confusing me for a long time. Finally I got it clear. Thanks Rebecca

Thursday, May 26th 2016

The important key to understand “THE” is to think and decide which it is either “general”or “specific”.
General concept is not put “the” ahead of the word.
Thanks Rebecca !

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Very nice! Thanks for teaching!

Thursday, May 26th 2016

would you like to teach us about vocabulary and anything related to law and law court

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you Rebecca for this lesson .
We can use too the article “a” with words of general ideas when spécified .
e.g : a life of misery is worse than death . Education of quality is required to work in the luxury sector . You must have got an education of quality to ……
Hope I am right .
See you

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Hi Rebecca! Your website (EngVid.com) is the most important and the most favorite site to learn English for me! And you Rebecca are among the best Teachers website – together with such a superb teacher Ronnie, Adam, Emma and Alex !!! You are the best teacher in the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Rebecca for your excellent work !!!

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Thank you very much from me and all of the engvid team for your very generous and kind comments. I am so glad to know you find our site helpful. Please do like us on facebook, where you can find more engvid viewers, followers, and information. I wish you all the best.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

This is a good lesson,very helpful.I got nine out of 10.The idea how to use it is clear.thank you!

Friday, May 27th 2016

Thanks for a very helpful lesson, Rebecca.
I got to solidify when to use THE.

Friday, May 27th 2016

I would like to know that English app is free or not. :)

Friday, May 27th 2016

    This website is free! Enjoy and learn! All the best to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thanks for the lesson Rebecca! I was wrong at question 4 but I read your comment and understood. Thanks for your clarification! God blesses you!

Friday, May 27th 2016

Thank you!

Friday, May 27th 2016

Thank you. Your lesson is very helpful. Now,i have some understanding about it))

Friday, May 27th 2016

HiRebecca! I’m very happy to be with you . I really admire the way in which you deal with the lesson.you explain “how to use (the)”simplly.but lthink there are more. You are a brilliant instructor

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you found the lesson helpful. To see whether you really mastered the point, try to explain it to someone else. Then, it will become an even stronger part of you. All the best, Mohammed.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you Rebecca, you are great.

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Aww…you’re great too! I couldn’t be a teacher without all my amazing students. Thank you and all the best to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

80/100 but i am ver happy thnak you very much Rebecca . I am getting better by your lessons.

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Thank you so much, Ahmed. I am so happy to hear that you are improving your English through these lessons. Please read through some of my other comments here for more ideas on how to benefit the most from these lessons. I wish you all the best.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

thank you teacher Rebecca it is really excellent
i have got 9 correct out of 10.

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Great! Congratulations! Glad to know the lesson helped you. Warm wishes to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you Rebecca.I saw the explain for question 4,let me understood.

Friday, May 27th 2016

Hi Rebecca, thanks for this lesson. The use of “the” sometmes is a little bit confusing, but now I got a better understanding about when to use it.

Friday, May 27th 2016

    That’s the way! A little bit goes a long way. Congratulations and all the best!

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

hi, Rebecca very helpfull lesson, but i have 7 of 10, not so bad for begin :)
thank you for your job – teach us :)

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Congratulations on focusing on the part of the glass that’s full rather the other part. Stay positive and know that every small improvement can lead to BIG results. Thanks, and my best wishes to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

      Sorry, in my comment above, I meant to say:

      rather THAN the other part

      Got too excited!

      Saturday, June 11th 2016

I’ve got a good grade…I’m happy!_

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Yep, always learn with joy! That’s another key to effective learning. All the best to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Hello Rebecca. Great job! Thanks a lot.
★ I enjoy watching English video lessons.
★ I enjoy watching THE English video lessons
made by teacher Rebecca.

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Hey! Congratulations, Julio! You got it! The best way to master what you have learned is to apply it as soon as possible and often. Then it becomes a part of you. Thanks and all the best to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thanks Rebecca!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 27th 2016

I got only 90 because of question # 4.

Friday, May 27th 2016

Thanks teacher…

Friday, May 27th 2016

    Hi Gumer,I read your profile and I found out your’re a web page designer. How do you like this website?

    It’s great to run across some Mexicans on the web.

    Regards, see you around!

    Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Very good examples in the test. I did 9 of 10. Exept for, as you can guess, number four.) Thanks!

Saturday, May 28th 2016

Thankstoo much for your videos

Saturday, May 28th 2016

While you’re learning how to use “the”, check out these other lessons:

My earlier lesson on using “the” with places:

http://www.engvid.com/using-the-with-places/

Jade’s detailed lesson on when NOT to use “the”:

http://www.engvid.com/grammar-8-rules-the/

You can also download Alex’s resource on the same subject
http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/the-with-country-names-lakes-rivers/

So many points to learn about this very common little word, but I know you can do it, one understanding at a time! All the best!

(See how I used “the” in that phrase? Because it was a superlative form — the best, the worst, the smallest, the largest, etc. — another way we use “the”!)

Saturday, May 28th 2016

perfect , you provide avery clear rule ,many thanks

Saturday, May 28th 2016

Thanks Rebecca for this lesson!

The respect I have for you is enormous.

Saturday, May 28th 2016

Hi Rebecca!
I got 10/10.
That lesson is soooooo helpful, you have no idea. Thank you very much!

It got pretty clear.
“The” is a definite article, so it defines, right?

Bye!
See you!

Saturday, May 28th 2016

    Hi Renata! Glad to know you found the lesson helpful, especially since your English is so good already. Every little improvement makes such a big difference, doesn’t it? Take care, and all the best to you.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

      It sure does. Every chance I get, I’m absorbing it to make my English better.

      Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you soo much,this lesson was very useful.

Sunday, May 29th 2016

    So glad the lesson helped you. Please write your own sentences and / or review the lesson again as many times as necessary so you can make this change a part of you. Repetition makes remembering easier. Wishing you all the best.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

I loved this vídeo. I could understand the entire lesson. I found out the diferente between an abstract and common noun and when is the correct case tu use “the”…. thanks

Sunday, May 29th 2016

    The Internet is an excellent choice to learn a foreign language Mario. You are on the right track.

    It’s great to run across some Mexicans on the web.

    Regards, see you around!

    Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Why do we say “back of the building” but “the back of the car”?

Sunday, May 29th 2016

    As Gill says in “Many ways to use the word ‘BACK'”

    Sunday, May 29th 2016

Question 4 has a little bit challenging and easy make mistake between concept and specific.

Sunday, May 29th 2016

Thanks for the video. We hope there are many more to come.My student’s English level is improving thanks to your videos. 🙋

Monday, May 30th 2016

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind comment and for sharing the lessons with your students. It is always an honor to hear from a fellow English teacher. Please let me know if your students have any special problems or questions and I might be able to record a lesson for you and them. Thanks again, and all the best to you and all your students from me and the team at engvid.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thanks Rebbeca…
It was very helpful

Monday, May 30th 2016

Practice makes perfect.
One of the secrets of fast learning English is the practice of it.:) Thank you Rebbeca.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

    You said it, Joni79. Practice is the key, as repetition helps our brain to remember smoothly and easily. It would be a good idea to watch and review this lesson again after a few days or even a few times so that the principles are very clear and obvious in your mind. Also, it is very helpful to do something with the information yourself, such as writing your own sentences about your life. The more we apply learning to our own lives, the more real and memorable the information becomes to us. In that way, you strengthen the connections in your brain and develop fluency easily and naturally. I wish you all the best!

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you Rebecca! Your lesson on the use of “the ” when we specify has been very useful. Be well…

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

A very good lesson but 4th question a bit confusing

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Hi there dear Rebecca: I got 9/10 and I finally can be clear on the use of “the”, your video was helpful for me :) Kind regards.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

    Me the same. I got 9/10 and I am reading comments to more remember @@

    Friday, June 3rd 2016

      Yes, reading the comments is also a useful way to get more out of the lesson. Thank you nguyenduythai143. I wish you all the best!

      Saturday, June 11th 2016

    Pachoryno, glad to hear the lesson helped you understand this point. Language is made up of many small points and the more we master, the more fluent we become, one small change and improvement at a time! I wish you all the best!

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

That is to say,If a general concept had an adjunct then it needs a word of THE?

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Thank you

Wednesday, June 1st 2016

Thank you so much , i really appreciate !

Wednesday, June 1st 2016

    thanks, It was really helpful.

    Thursday, June 2nd 2016

8 to 10, it is not too bad, I will practice more, thank you very much!!

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

    8 out of 10 is a good score Mary. I agree with you, practice makes perfect (La practica hace al maestro).

    Greetings to you from Mexico City.

    P.D. By the way, I’ve seen few Mexican people around, I mean on this website.

    Tuesday, June 7th 2016

80 out of 100 :) not bad at all :)

Friday, June 3rd 2016

Thank you so much:)
But I have trouble with my memories :(, I cant remember these lesions?? I wish that someone can help me with this.

Friday, June 3rd 2016

    To remember the lessons more easily, please see my comments to Joni79 above. It will certainly help you to watch the video once; it will help even more to watch the same lesson again a few times, till it feels like you could teach the lesson! Then it is really a part of you and the right words will flow more easily when you speak English. Try it with this lesson and you will see the difference by the end of the week. You don’t have a bad memory, you just need to train your memory bu using it in the right ways. Please also check my website on http://www.goodluckexams.com. It has many tips on improving your memory and learning more effectively and easily. I wish you all the best. Stay strong and positive.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you for lesson. How you typed in this test – knowledge is power! So thank you for sharing this power with us!

Friday, June 3rd 2016

    Thanks, Daffitz. So glad you found the lesson useful. The correct way to express what you wanted to say is as follows:

    As you typed / wrote /mentioned in the test, knowledge is power.

    I wish you lots of knowledge and power! Brain power is the best!

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Just say thank you.

Friday, June 3rd 2016

    Hello Luima ! Are you from D.R.

    Wednesday, June 8th 2016

9/10
Thank you Rebecca! It really was the information I needed:)

Saturday, June 4th 2016

    So glad the lesson helped you. All the best!

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you Rebecca !i’m happy to know how is the correct form now. Really nice lesson .

Sunday, June 5th 2016

    Thank you! Glad to hear the lesson helped you. Every lesson can improve your lesson, one step at a time. By the way, please check http://www.goodlucktoefl.com if you are still planning to take the TOEFL. I wish you all the best, lumigeorge.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Many thanks

Monday, June 6th 2016

Thanks teacher

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

thank you rebecca for giving information about useof “the” but i want to some more information about the use “the”.

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

    Please check my comments above with links to our other lessons on “the”. They will help you get a deeper understanding and mastery of this very important little word! All the best!

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you very much my dear teacher . I wich you 100 percent be healthy , much student , much money and to be famous famous teacher in the world . Good luck, Take care of yourself !

Thursday, June 9th 2016

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much, Muhammed. So many blessings, which I can only share with all the wonderful people in the world who want to improve themselves to lead happier, more successful lives. We are all learners as well as teachers. I wish you all the best.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

finally, i got it. Thank you Rebecca

Thursday, June 9th 2016

    “Finally, I got it.”

    The magic words that go straight to a teacher’s heart. Thank you so much, sebernet! I wish you all the best.

    Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you Rebecca , I will do that… I have a lot of work to do, my TOEFL exam will be in July.

Saturday, June 11th 2016

Thank you Rebecca ,Now I can improve my grammar.

Sunday, June 12th 2016

Thank you very much Rebecca! You are a very nice person! I like your way to learn English. It’s really a pleasure to learn with you. Take care of yourself! All the best for you!

Tuesday, June 14th 2016

Thanks a lot Rebecca! :)

Wednesday, June 15th 2016

Hello Rebecca, I have one question about “Honesty is an essential part if all relationship” , it’s not the specific about relationship? I’m looking for your answer. :-) have a good day

Friday, June 24th 2016

Thank you Rebecca, I used to use the preposition without thinking in the rule.

Monday, June 27th 2016

Good
Only question 4, wasn’t easy

Tuesday, June 28th 2016

The lesson you gave us is really Great. Thank you Rebecca.:D You are Great Teacher!

Wednesday, July 6th 2016

THANKS YOU SO MUCH…I AM SO HAPPY ..FOR I FIND THIS PAGE…

Friday, July 8th 2016

This lesson is very useful…thank you Rebecca:)))

Friday, July 15th 2016

The thohgt about respect for elders is really a bit tricky because laughter of children is always nice (not only of specific children). So I was confused a little.

Sunday, July 17th 2016

thanks a lot Rebecca , I’ve learned so much with your videos , you’re teaching pretty good , and I thankfull for whole lesson that you’ve done.

Thursday, July 28th 2016

Thank you! Your lessons are very easy to understand and it was very informative!

Friday, July 29th 2016

Thank you, ma’am Rebecca.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

Thank you teacher ^_^

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

i fond of your lessons, exelent explanation)

Friday, August 26th 2016

Dear Rebecca,
Thank you for your feedback on Leave a comment.
Yours sincerely.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016

Thank Rebecca for the quiz. Really important

Sunday, October 2nd 2016

Thank you Rebecca.
I really love you.

Sunday, October 9th 2016

thank you Rebecca, I started watching your videos not long ago and they´re very good!!! I´m about to take toefl and notice I need so much more to be a good speaker jejejeje thank you

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

i got 70%

Sunday, November 13th 2016

thank you rebacca your lessons helping a lot me……..!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 17th 2016

Thanks Rebacca, its really useful.

Saturday, November 19th 2016

I like your lessons very much. Really thank you very much Rebecca:):):)

Thursday, December 1st 2016
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