A, An or The – The Fine Art of Article Usage
March 21st, 2012 by Fatema Rajkotwala
Now that you’ve learnt the basics about article usage, here’s some know-how on how to use articles.
When to Use Definite Articles?
This is what happens when you confuse A and The!
If your sentence fits the types below, go ahead and use the Definite Article:
#1: Sentences where the particular person or thing has already been referred to in the context.
- The item that you ordered is out of stock (Which item? The one you had ordered!)
- In the closing scene, the hero wins the battle (Which hero? The hero already spoken about)
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A, An or The – An Introduction to Article Usage
March 15th, 2012 by Fatema Rajkotwala
Article usage errors are commonly noted issues that can crop up, regardless of a writer’s experience. An oft overlooked error, this can be set right by learning the bare basics: where, how and when to use articles.
End the Article Usage war today!
What are Articles?
To start off with, there are two types of articles in English – Definite and Indefinite Articles.
‘The’ is the only Definite Article and the Indefinite Articles are ‘a’ and ‘an’.
The article ‘an’ can be used when you wish to talk about an indefinite noun that begins with a vowel sound.
Articles precede the noun in question, and are placed either immediately before the noun or before the adjective or adjective phrase/clause used for the noun. In effect, articles denote whether the noun that’s mentioned is Definite or Indefinite.
Sounds tough? Here are a few examples that can help you understand this well: Read more →