Those especially Indian or learners form countries of East Asia want to create something a new in language. It is so hard to make them satisfied ....

I know any item precedes a noun can function as adjective.

For example they say:

In short, the word "the" is an article that functions as both an adjective and an adverb, depending on how it's being used. Moreover, they say : "the" is an adverb before superlative adjectives ?


I searched all books of Google and I never found such result !

I can say it acts as a determiner not more.

The main function of adverbs is to modify the verbs. My question to those " Can THE modify the verbs?"

If so then it perhaps acts as adverb.

  • An adverb doesn't necessarily need to modify verbs to be an adverb. For example: "very".
    – Dan Getz
    Jul 2, 2022 at 3:04
  • OK, ( very ) the intensifier does not modify the verb. Can " the" replace it always or does the same function of very ? When we say about something " very useful \ very happy" = to far extent useful \ happy .. The better informed you are, the happier you'll be with your new vehicle. Mention to me one book tells the = adverb Jul 2, 2022 at 4:15
  • Mention to me one book tells the = adverb either Oxford or Cambridge Not Indian books Jul 2, 2022 at 4:41
  • It is discussed here. Your "...it acts as a determiner, not more" appears to be correct. Even the most respected dictionaries seem slow to adopt the findings of today's grammarians. Jul 2, 2022 at 10:57
  • "The" belongs solely to the category (part of speech) determinative. It almost always functions as a determiner, but it can also be a modifier, either of superlatives, as in He's now the fattest he's ever been, or of adjectives such as in The more conditions bite, the worse the violence becomes.
    – BillJ
    Jul 2, 2022 at 17:11


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