Is this the most powerful word in the English language?
'The' It's omnipresent; we can't imagine English without it. But it's not much to look at. It isn't descriptive, evocative or inspiring. And yet this bland and innocuous- seeming word could be one of the most potent in the English language.
'The' tops the league tables of most frequently used words in English, accounting for 5% of every 100 words used. 'The' also lies at the heart of English grammar, having a function rather than a meaning.
Although 'the' has no meaning in itself,“ it seems to be able to do things in subtle and miraculous ways,”says Michael Rosen, poet and author.Consider the difference between 'he scored a goal' and 'he scored the goal. The inclusion of 'the' immediately signals something important about that goal. Pe
rhaps it was the only one of the match? Or maybe it was the clincher that won the league? Context very often determines sense.
诗人兼作家迈克尔.罗森标明，尽管the本身没有意思，可是?茨芤韵感《嫣氐姆椒ㄆ鸬揭恍┳饔谩薄＞湍谩癶e scored a goal (他进了一个球)”和“hescoredthegoal (他进了那个球)” 的不一样来看，富含单词the的那句话显着就体现出了，那个球有某种重要的价值。或许那是整场竞赛进的仅有一个球?又或许那是赢得联赛的要害一球?上下文在很大程度上抉择了单词在文本中的意思。
This simplest of words can be used for dramatic effect. At the start of Hamlet, a guard's utterance of 'Long live the King' is soon followed by the apparition of the ghost: 'Looks it not like the King?'Who, the audience wonders, does 'the' refer to? The living King or a dead King? This kind of ambiguity is the kind of 'hook' that writers use to make us quizzical, a bit uneasy even.“'The' is doing a lot of work here,”says Rosen.