The use of the Definite and Indefinite Articles: ‘A/AN’ and ‘THE’

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Grammar: Definite and Indefinite Articles

In English, the use of the Article is simple, it follows the noun.

In the first image, you can see the Articles in sequence:  ‘A / AN‘ and ‘THE‘:

Definite and Indefinite Articles

Indefinite Articles

The Indefinite Articles ‘A’ and ‘An’ follow the noun which the person in the conversation wasn’t exposed to, and they do not vary in number or genre.

The basic rule to them is:

Does the noun start with a consonant sound? So, use ‘A‘.

A car
A ball

Indefinite Articles

Does the noun start with a vowel sound? So, use ‘AN‘.

AN elephant
AN airplane

Indefinite Articles Examples

Definite Article

Definite Article

On the other hand, we can use the Definite Article before nouns already known by the person who’s in the conversation. And it doesn’t vary in number and genre.  It can be used in both words starting with vowel sound or consonant sound. The difference here is the pronunciation:

(thí) THE airplane
(thê) THE ball

Ah!  A challenge:

I said something about the sound of vowels and consonants. Why the sound? Is there any explanation?

I challenge you!

I hope you have enjoyed this post. I wanna see some one saying like Barney from ‘How I Met Your Mother’:

“challenge accepted!”

See you! Bye Bye!

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