what are articles?
Articles are the demonstrative adjectives. We use articles before countable and
Countable nouns are things that we can count.
Ex; One apple, Two apple
Uncountable nouns are things that we cannot count
Articles are words a/an and the. Articles come before nouns.
There are two articles – a/an and the.
Indefinite article are a or an because it doesn’t state which person or thing we are talking about.
Definite article is the, because it points out a particular person or thing.
- For example, a consultant means any consultant.
- A family means any family.
- You must consult the doctor. (Which doctor? It could be your family doctor.)
- You must consult a doctor. (Which doctor? It could be any doctor. Here the speaker does not have a particular doctor in mind.)
the (before a singular or plural noun)
We can say an apple or a tree, but not an apples or a trees
a (before a singular noun beginning with a consonant sound)
an (before a singular noun beginning with a vowel sound)
- We can say, the book, the books, the rice or the milk.
Articles A or an and the.
The choice between a and an is determined by sound and not spelling.
A is used before words beginning with a consonant sound. Examples are: a boy, a tree, a ball, a flower, a horse, a hole, a European and a university.
An is used before words beginning with a vowel sound. Examples are: an elephant, an egg, an orange, an umbrella, an hour, an heir etc.
The is used when we are mentioning of one particular thing
E.g.: I sat on the chair nearest to the door,the chair,the chairs ,the book,the books etc.
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