Of course the above poem should read “Roses are red, violets are blue, I learned English with Summit, how about you?” (not really). Read on to find out how to correct this common English mistake made by Spanish speakers.

Common English mistake
The roses are red, the violets are blue..”

Why is it wrong?
The article “the” is used with specific nouns.

Correct usage
The roses on the table are red. (specific roses)
Roses are red. (roses in general).
Airplanes are loud.
The airplanes in the museum are old.

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