Wondering why you write a sentence like this, with the word
The person went to the store. La persona fue a la tienda.
I don't understand why that extra word needs to be there. It could just say:
Person went to store. Persona fue a tienda.
For that matter, why the word
to even needs to be there.
Person went store.
Wondering why that word is in English, and if all languages have this feature or some of them do it like the last example. Not sure exactly the purpose
the serves, and if it is used in every language.
For example, we say:
I play sports.
But we don't say:
I play the sports.
But we say:
I throw the ball.
I throw ball.
I don't understand.
I don't understand why we don't put
the in front of verbs either.
The person the go the past the store. The person the went the store.
From Wikipedia it sounds like Chinese doesn't use "definiteness" or determiners like
the. I'd be interested to know what their sentence equivalents look like for above, translated to English.
Some other examples are:
Man is human.
You don't use
the there, maybe because it's a concept rather than an instance of a specific person.
The man is human.
That is for "the person you are thinking about" I think.
Sky is blue.
You can say that in English to refer to the sky, since there is only one we really are probably referring to. Even though there's probably lots of other "skies" in the universe.
You don't say this:
The Amari is here.
Amari is here.
But there could be many Amaris everyone knows, so I don't see why we don't use
the there as well.
Here are some other weird examples:
+ Amari is in the house. - Amari is in house. + Amari is here. - Amari is the here.
But refer to a place, a specific place. But one uses
the and the other doesn't.
+ Amari got here the moment we left. - Amari got here moment we left. + Amari got here just now. - Amari got here just the now.
+ They referenced Man. - They referenced the Man. + They referenced the concept of Man. - They referenced concept of Man. + They referenced StackOverflow. - They referenced the StackOverflow.
Man is a concept. But a
concept is also a concept. We say
the concept, but
If you are joking you can say:
The Amari is here.
And everyone knows who you are talking about. Or even:
Humanity is here.
Referencing some person as a joke. Basically I don't see the exact rules on how to use
the, and why it's necessary.