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How to Pronounce "The"

Learn when to say "thuh" and when to say "thee.""

By
Mignon Fogarty,
February 2, 2011

How to Pronounce

Did you know there are two ways to pronounce "the"?

The rules are like those for when to use "a" and "an"—it depends on the first sound in the following word—but unlike a versus an, the difference is in how you pronounce the word. If the word following ""the starts with a consonant sound, you pronounce "the" as "thuh." If the word following "the" starts with a vowel sound, you pronounce "the" as "thee."

Consonants

  • Did he bring "thuh" cheese platter?

  • Where is "thuh" universal remote?

Vowels

  • I prefer "thee" effervescent water.

  • Did she get "thee" MRI?

 

 

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