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Grammar: “The” to Talk About a Noun that Both the Speaker and Listener Know – E-Lingo

Grammar: “The” to Talk About a Noun that Both the Speaker and Listener Know

We use the to talk about something the speaker and listener both know about.

•I need to see the doctor.
Meaning: the speaker and listener both know which doctor.

•I need to see a doctor.
Meaning: the speaker is talking about any doctor, not a specific doctor.