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Articles...

When you can use Definite and Indefinite articles.
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Gonzalo Díaz

on 19 August 2013

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Transcript of Articles...

Articles!
What the hell is an article?
Definite article
''The'' Can be used before singular and plural, count and non-count nouns.
Indefinite articles
An—used before singular count nouns beginning with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) or vowel sound.
Indefinite article
Use A/An with a singular noun to mention something for the first time.
Definite article or Indefinite article?
Ex.
-Please close
the
door.
-I drink
the
water that you gave me.
Ex.
-Praise
the
Lord!
-
The
Mapocho River is near here.
Used to indicate a noun that is unique.
Definite article
A—used before singular count nouns beginning with consonants.
Ex: an apple, an elephant, an issue, an orange...
Ex.
a stamp, a desk, a TV, a cup, a book

A
AN
THE
Ex:
He works for
a

TV company.
Prepare for exercises!
Exercises
1. I bought _____ pair of pants and a shirt.

2. I saw _____ car crash last week.

3. They are staying _____ downtown.

4. I think _____ man is very unfriendly.

5. I don't like ______ soccer.

6. That is _____ issue between you and the boss.

7. _____ water is dirty. Don't drink it!
Remember!
A/AN: First mention of something
THE: Specific and clear to speaker
and listener
Zero article
Use no articles with plural nouns, when they refer to people or things in general.
You can not use ''the''.
Ex:
-Tennis is a beautiful game.
-Politicians are wise.
Use a/an also to talk about a person's job.
Ex:
He's
an
actress.
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