What part of speech is the word “the”? Simple and stupid question, right? What were you taught? I was taught it IS and always shall be an article…and nothing more!
Well, maybe schools have finally starting promoting ignorance in lieu of promoting education? A PA middle school English teacher claims that it is WRONG to identify the word “the” as an article! She claims it is an adjective! She argues that in the phrase “the table”, for example, “the” describes “table” for us so we know it is not just any table! (How stupid can you be!?!?!?!?!?) Sure, that describes table - as clear as mud!
Even worse, the mother of this child (sworn to fight this attrocity) searched on the internet. She found a few so-called “experts” who confirm that “the” is an adjective! OK, beam me up Scotty!
I’ve heard it all, now. I WAG some Ph.D. had to cut his/her teeth on some new concept to earn those holy letters…once again serving to screw up education for the masses in the process!
BTW, Mirriam-Webster © 1985 claims it IS an article with a few exceptions where they state it is an adverb! Oy! I’ll have to check the M-W on-line for any updated information…
What the fudge gives here? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
What were you taught? (Yes, Mr. Moderator, this should have a factual answer! …or else we’re all in trouble!)
I always joked in college that they’d change all the rules by the time I’d graduate!