#GrammarSeries – Who knew ‘the’ had two pronunciations?



Hello Sparkle Writers. Welcome to another edition of the #GrammarSeries. If you have missed previous editions just go here to catch up on what you missed. We guarantee that you’d learn something new!

Today we are going to discuss the different ways you can pronounce the word ‘the’.

Did you know there are two ways to pronounce this word? Well, we are going to tell you all about this so keep reading.

‘The’ can be pronounced as ‘thee’ or ‘thuh’

When the word following starts with a consonant it is pronounced as ‘thuh’ but when the word following starts with a vowel it is pronounced as ‘thee’

For example

My bag is on ‘thuh’ table.

She will get to ‘thuh’ class in five minutes.

Seyi caught a fish from ‘thee’ ocean.

I took ‘thee’ apples on ‘thuh’ table.

However, there is an exception to this rule

If you want to indicate that something is important or show emphasis you can use ‘thee’, even when the word following it starts with a consonant.

For example

Prom is the social event of ‘thee’ year for high school students.

 When next you want to say the word ‘the’, remember the difference.


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