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Definite and Indefinite Articles: Using A, An,The in English

Definite and Indefinite Articles: Using A, An,The in English

Using Article "A" in English

  • A is used in front of singular countable nouns ( a person, animal or thing ) which are not specific.
  • We don’t use “a before uncountable or plural nouns.
  • If a noun starts with a consonant sound (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k,l, m, n etc.), a” comes before the noun.

Examples:

  • A cat
  • A car
  • A cow
  • A cap
  • A candy
  • A child
  • A bird
  • A bike
  • A boy
  • A book
  • A lender
  • A bucket
  • A doctor
  • A dog
  • A deer
  • A donkey
  • A desk
  • A house
  • A table
  • A dentist
  • A drum
  • A dresser
  • A designer
  • A detective
  • A frog
  • A fan
  • A freezer
  • A fish
  • A film
  • A foot
  • A flag
  • A guest
  • A hamburger
  • A jewelry store
  • A man is standing at the corner of the road.
  • We want to construct a house for us.
  • A cat is running behind the rat.
  • A dog is a faithful animal.
  • A little sugar should be added to this coffee.
  • A cow is a useful animal.

Using Article "An" in English

  • “An“ is used in front of singular countable nouns which are not specific.
  • don’t use an“ before uncountable or plural nouns.
  • If the noun starts with a vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u), an comes before the noun.

Examples:

  • An apple
  • An egg
  • An Ant
  • An orange
  • An hour
  • An aunt
  • An old man
  • An uncle
  • An hour
  • An honor
  • An elephant
  • An orange
  • An author
  • An interesting story
  • An ice cube
  • An umbrella
  • An eye
  • An animal
  • An apartment
  • An unhappy boy
  • An unusual problem
  • An Irishman
  • An excellent pizza
  • An office
  • An onion
  • An ass 
  • An enemy
  • An Asian
  • An honest man
  • An Indian
  • An adjective
  • An American girl
  • An essay
  • An email
  • Mr. Tom is an honest man.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • What he needed was an umbrella.
  • He gave me an onion.
  • An ass is leaping into your field.
  • The train was late by an hour.

Using Article "The" in English

We use the article ‘the’ in front of all nouns ( It does not matter whether the nouns are singular, plural countable or uncountable ) to describe someone or something specific or unique.

Examples:

  • The earth
  • The world
  • The sky
  • The air
  • The weather
  • The moon
  • The President
  • The CEO
  • The sun
  • The Park
  • The problem
  • The thief
  • The bakery
  • The forest 
  • The bathroom
  • The man
  • The small house
  • The last chapter
  • Where is the bathroom?
  • My father enjoyed the book you gave him.
  • The man who wrote this book is famous.
  • He is the doctor I came to see.
  • The sun rose at 6:17 this morning.
  • The CEO of Total is coming to our meeting.

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