by Mignon Fogarty
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."
Did he bring "thuh" cheese platter?
Where is "thuh" universal remote?
I prefer "thee" effervescent water.
Did she get "thee" MRI?
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