Articles are tiny words that go before nouns. There are 3 common articles in English: a, an and the.
A and an are indefinite articles. It means that we use them to talk about things in general = one of many.
The is a definite article. It means that we use it to talk about specific things = only one.
- We use a/ an to mention a noun for the first time or say who or what somebody or something is.
- We use a/an when the reader/ listener has not seen the person, animal or thing we are talking about.
- We use the when it’s clear who or what somebody or something is.
- We use the to talk about things or places that are unique.
- Don’t use an article to speak in general with plural and uncountable nouns.
- We don’t use an article in some phrases like at home, at work, go home, go to work, go to bed, next …, last …, etc.
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