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The definite article ‘the’ is pronounced in two different ways. We normally pronounce ‘the’ with a short sound [thuh] for words such as the sky, the pineapple. However, when ‘the’ comes before a vowel sound, we pronounce it as a long [thee] for words such as the ice cream, the underground, the orange.
Here are some more examples:
Words beginning with a vowel but use the short sound [thuh] the university, the uniform, the universe
Words beginning with a consonant but use the long sound [thee] the hour, the honour student, the honest person
Try this quiz. Choose either the long sound [thee] or short sound [thuh] for ‘the’.