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Definite & Indefinite Articles

Articles in English are very important, as we use them all the time. The three articles in English are a, an, and the. Here are some basic rules for understanding how to use these articles:

The is the definite article. It is used before singular or plural nouns that are specific or particular. Here are some examples:

"The girl who lives next door to me is really cute." This refers to a particular girl: the girl who lives next door. "The president is a busy man." There is only one president, so we are referring to a specific noun here. "I love the books you gave me." Again, we're talking about particular books, the ones you gave me.

A/an are the indefinite articles. We use a/an before general, non-specific nouns or to indicate membership in a group. A/an can only be used with countable, singular nouns. Here are some examples of how to use a/an:

"Let's go see a movie tonight." We aren't talking about a specific movie, as we haven't said which movie we want to see. "Cassie is an actor." Cassie belongs to a group: actors. We use "an" instead of "a" because "actor" begins with a vowel. "I hope I get a car for my birthday." This refers to any car. I don't know which car yet because I haven't gotten the car.

Finally, all articles in English are invariable, meaning that they do not change if the noun is singular or plural, masculine or feminine. There are no other forms of the, an, or a.

Definite & Indefinite Articles Grammar Quiz

  1. forward from Manchester United plays beautiful soccer.

  2. Nothing tastes better than omelette with cheese, peppers and mushrooms.

  3. film "Where the Wild Things Are" is very different from the children's book.

  4. I want to buy Ikea table and chairs that are easy to assemble.

  5. Where can I buy cheap suit to wear to my job interview?

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A nice note about the article

11:36 AM Jun 22 2016 |



United States

love this. it alsome.

07:36 AM Oct 21 2015 |



thank you…this information was important for me ..my english is not very well and i am trying to improve ….i hope i will speak better than now

07:10 AM Aug 11 2015 |

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Smilethanks you

09:06 AM Aug 13 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

first thx for these useful information. and if you’d mind letting me to know the correct answers of above-mentioned quiz of Definite & Indefinite Articles. thx a zillion

07:44 AM Jul 19 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like to see a movie tonight.the thriller movie of course.

03:27 AM Jul 03 2012 |

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Dreamer girl


it is good….thanks.

07:38 AM Jun 11 2012 |



thanks very uesfull

03:27 PM Sep 03 2011 |

Ahmed Yaya

Saudi Arabia

Thanks a lot for the lesson… I think most student when they write letter or email usually forget the article so we should practice, practice , practice …

05:51 PM Aug 16 2011 |