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Articles

Indefinite Definite
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What are articles? Basically, an article is an adjective. Like adjectives, articles modify nouns. We divide them into "indefinite" and "definite"

We use "indefinite" to mean not sure, not certain. "Indefinite" is general.

We use "definite" to mean sure, certain. "Definite" is specific.

tedy bear

For my birthday I want the brown teddy bear.

I have specified what present I want for my birthday. (definite)

toys

For my birthday I want a toy.

It can be a ball, a teddy bear, a bike, etc (indefinite)

RULES:

Use "a/an" with singular nouns. Ex: a pencil. Not: a pencils.

Use "the" with singular and plural nouns. Ex: the pencil, the pencils.

Use "an" with a noun beginning with vowel. (a,e,i,o,u) Ex: an arm.

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