After years of reading compositions, correcting essays and testing students' grammar knowledges, I've realised that the use of the definite article in English usually becomes a headache.
Since the way we Spanish use this article and the way it's used in English is quite different, I've decided to give you some hints to help you with this nagging worry. Remember that in any given language, for each rule there're usually a million exceptions :-P but I really hope this can be helpful for any secondary school student.
If you click on the link below you'll find a document which summarises some of the most frequent uses of "the" and the most common situations where "the" is not used.
The definite article in English