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For correct pronunciation, say THEE before vowels and THU (U as in "up") before consonants:
American English Pronunciation: Americans are not too particular about pronouncing THE. (British people use these rules more than Americans.) If you did not learn the pronunciation rules as a child, I recommend using "thu" all the time. It causes you to sound more natural and informal.
If you really want to use both pronunciations, you can practice with a book by marking "the" and noticing which sound it should be. If you practice this way for 20 minutes a day, you may gain results.
Read the example below. The words in bold are pronounced THEE and the words that are underlined are pronounced THU.
Here is the desk where you will work. The pencils and pens are on this side. The eraser which works the best is here. The top two drawers have the post-it notes and some other small things. The bottom two drawers have a lock. The key to this lock is kept at the manager's desk. The money that we use for cash transactions is in one drawer and the office checkbook is in the other drawer.
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