The

Part of speech: article

Belonging to a distinct and definite class.

Part of speech: adverb

By this; for this; to this extent; a modifier of words in the comparative degree; as, the sooner the better; i. e., by as much as it is sooner, by so much it will be better.

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Usage examples "the":

  1. 168 Traductio, or the tranlater. - "The Arte of English Poesie", George Puttenham.
  2. The better, I do think. - "The Seaboard Parish Volume 1", George MacDonald.
  3. What- what- what is the matter? - "The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton", Wardon Allan Curtis.