Originally Posted by redgeek
Just watched The Arrival last weekend, it is one of the best science fiction films but the is a bit tricky to understand
Oh now that is a shame, why not do what the rest of us do when we find words we don't know?
Look it up in a dictionary there are plenty online:-
Here I'll help you with this, just once, in future do it yourself.
[stressed th ee; unstressed before a consonant th uh; unstressed before a vowel th ee]
(used, especially before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an):
the book you gave me; Come into the house.
(used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):
the sun; the Alps; theQueen Elizabeth; the past; the West.
(used with or as part of a title):
the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
(used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.):
the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
(used to mark a noun as being used generically):
The dog is a quadruped.
(used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging):
He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
(used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea):
to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.