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Articles A An The

What are ara an the in grammar?
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When to use articles a an the in English grammar?
When not to use articels a an the?

Articles a – an – the


1) Articles are words that define a noun as specific or unspecific.

I’m a nurse. The hospital I’m working in is huge.
2) English has two types of articles: indefinite a/an and definite the.

The indefinite article takes two forms – a/an. Use the indefinite article a when it precedes a word that begins with a consonant. Use the indefinite article an when it precedes a word that begins with a vowel.

a table, an umbrella, a university /ˌjuːnəˈvɜːsəti /, an honest /ˈɒnɪst / person

The indefinite article a indicates that a noun refers to a general idea rather than a particular thing.

What does a fox say?

We use a/an when the listener does not know which person or thing we are talking about.

Helen’s brother works in a factory. I don’t know which factory exactly.

If we refer to something for the first time, it will be new information for the listener so we use a/an. When referencing to the same thing again use the because now the listener knows what we are talking about.

I bought a new computer. It’s really great! The computer is much better than my previous one.

The definite article is the word the. It limits the meaning of a noun to one particular thing. We use the when it is clear which thing or person we are talking about.

The cake is in the fridge. I know that Kate made it.

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