In this sentence, "The harder you work, the more you gain," what function does "the" perform? Is it a conjunction?
Thank you for explaining this to me!!
The harder you work, the more you gain".
No, "the" is not a conjunction; its function is that of modifier.
This is a correlative comparative construction in which the "paired" correlative phrases are underlined.
The first clause the harder you work is a subordinate clause functioning as an adjunct.
The modifier "the" modifies the two comparative words "harder" and "more".
Have I explained that clearly enough?
Thank you so much! Paul!
So, can I say that "the" is an adverb? Thanks!
No, it's not an adverb; it's a determinative functioning as a modifier in the phrases "the harder" and "the more".
I know it seems like an adverb, but it keeps its status as a determinative irrespective of how it is functioning.