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Articles

Definite and Indefinite articles
by Spokane Community College SCC on 26 August 2014

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Articles
Definition:
Article: A word that point out a noun in either specific or non-specific way. In other words, articles are noun markers -they signal that a noun will follow. There are two types of articles: definite and indefinite.
Types of Articles:
1. Definite article:
An article that points out a noun in a
specific
way. It can be used before singular and plural nouns, and it pertains to a particular member or group.

Ex: No matter how many times I tried, I could not get

the

gate
open.

Ex: Why are
the

door
s locked?

Ex:
The

cat
did not want to eat
the

fish
.


Types of Articles:
2. Indefinite article
: An article that point out a noun in a general, non-specific way.
Indefinite articles refer to any member of a group.

Ex:
A

campsite
is usually in the woods.

Indefinite article
[
an
] is use before a vowel or vowel sound.

Ex: Super strength is
an

ability
reserved for comic book heroes.

Ex: Susan said, "It was
an

honor
to meet you."
GOAL!
Remember:
Thank you!
When to use articles:
1. Use [
the
]
definite article
for non-count nouns (words that cannot be pluralized), or it can simple be omitted.

Ex: I love to sail over
the

water
.
I love to sail over water.

Ex: Can we go to
the

school
?
Can we go to school?

2. Use [
the
]
definite article
with count nouns the second and subsequent times you use the noun, or when the listener already knows what you are referring to.

Ex: I have misplaced
the

pen
you gave me yesterday.
Ex: I think
the

dog
belongs to our new neighbors.

3. Use [
the
]
definite article
before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific.
Ex:
The

instructor
I spoke to at
the

school
was very kind.
Ex:
The
lawyers
were on time for their morning meeting.
When to use articles:
1. Use [
a
]
indefinite article
only for singular count nouns.

Ex: You are welcome as
a

guest
in our home.

2. Use [
a
]
indefinite article
for general statements.

Ex: He did not have
a
crayon
.
Ex: Animals live in
a

barn
.

3. Use [
a/an
]
indefinite article
with a count noun the first time you say or write that noun.

Ex: Can I borrow
a

pencil
, please?
Ex: There is
an

animal
in the backyard.

4. Use [
an
]
indefinite article
before a vowel or vowel sound.

Ex: It would be a good idea to call
an

electrician
.
When not to use articles:
1.
Don't
use [
the
]
definite article
to talk about general things.

Ex: I love reading books. (
correct
)

Ex: I love reading
the
books. (
incorrect
)

2.
Don't
use [
a
] and [
the
] articles if they are not used with plural nouns.

Ex: Girls like to play soccer.

3.
Don't
use [
the
]
definite article
before:

Names -holidays, and languages.
Geography
Companies
Universities
Acronyms
Countries, cities or states.
YouTube Links:

Online Resources:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/540/01/
http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/articles.htm
Articles
:
a
,
an
, and
the
are use before a noun
[
an
]: use before a vowel or vowel sound
[
a
]: general -as same as any
[
the
]: specific -you choose
- second time you talk about the same noun
Ex: I bought some fruit.
The
fruit was bad
- the speaker and listener both know
Ex: I see you at
the
school.
- one percent of countries that start with letter United
Ex: The United States
Ex: The United Kingdom
- small islands -more than
two words
http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/article.htm
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/how-use-articles
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