Mastering Articles http://masteringarticles.com a, an, or the? Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:28:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 indefinite article examples http://masteringarticles.com/indefinite-article-examples/ http://masteringarticles.com/indefinite-article-examples/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 01:10:08 +0000 http://www.masteringarticles.dev/?p=2804 indefinite article examples The indefinite articles a and an are used with singular, countable nouns. The indefinite article a is used with singular, countable nouns that are preceded by a consonant sound. The indefinite article an is used with singular, countable nouns that are preceded by a vowel sound. Indefinite article examples with a: John bought a book. Mary wants ...

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The indefinite articles a and an are used with singular, countable nouns.
The indefinite article a is used with singular, countable nouns that are preceded by a consonant sound.
The indefinite article an is used with singular, countable nouns that are preceded by a vowel sound.

Indefinite article examples with a:


John bought a book.
Mary wants a puppy.
Mr. Smith rides a bicycle.
Sally needs a camera.
Mrs. Wallace is buying a newspaper.
My teacher uses a projector in class.
Albert Einstein was a scientist.

Indefinite article examples with an:


Johnny Depp is an actor.
Nothing is more beautiful than an eagle.
Bill has never slept in an igloo.
My father is eating an orange.
Frank always carries an umbrella.

Watch out! Sound is what determines which indefinite article is used, not the letter precedes it


A fork is a utensil. (The ‘u’ in utensil has the same sound as the y in ‘you’…a consonant sound.)
John bought the pencil for a euro. (The ‘eu’ in euro has the same sound as the y in ‘you’…a consonant sound.)
You can’t go down that way, it’s a one-way street. (The word ‘one’ has the same sound as the w in ‘won’…a consonant sound.)
I can meet you for just an hour. (The ‘h’ in the word hour is silent which gives it a vowel sound.)

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Definite Article iPhone http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-iphone/ http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-iphone/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2015 02:40:48 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=1011 The indefinite and definite articles are often omitted in signs, newspaper articles, and advertisements. This is also the case for the advertisement featured above. The indefinite article could have been used: Shot with an iPhone 6 The definite article would have sufficed as well: Shot with the iPhone 6 Use the indefinite article (a or an) or the definite article ...

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The indefinite and definite articles are often omitted in signs, newspaper articles, and advertisements. This is also the case for the advertisement featured above. The indefinite article could have been used:

Shot with an iPhone 6

The definite article would have sufficed as well:

Shot with the iPhone 6

Use the indefinite article (a or an) or the definite article ( the) when it is possible to generalize about an invention ; or the name of a manufactured product, as an entire group or by each individual case. (Rule 6.6)

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the-5-the-101-the-405-why-southern-californians-love-saying-the-before-freeway-numbers http://masteringarticles.com/the-5-the-101-the-405-why-southern-californians-love-saying-the-before-freeway-numbers/ http://masteringarticles.com/the-5-the-101-the-405-why-southern-californians-love-saying-the-before-freeway-numbers/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2015 04:14:16 +0000 http://www.masteringarticles.dev/?p=2022 Southern Californians have a distinctive — “Saturday Night Live’s” Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny — way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405. Why the definite articles? After ...

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Southern Californians have a distinctive — “Saturday Night Live’s” Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny — way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405.

Why the definite articles? After all, a resident of the Bay Area enjoys coastal drives along “101” or takes “80 east” to Sacramento. Most of North America, in fact, omits the “the” before route numbers..Read more

Definite Article Streets and Highways

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Indefinite Article Cancer http://masteringarticles.com/indefinite-article-cancer/ http://masteringarticles.com/indefinite-article-cancer/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2015 04:01:22 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=830 Cancer in and of itself in uncountable. However, this is not the case when referring to different types of cancer. When referring to different types of an uncountable noun, the definite article is used.  Observe: Leukemia is a cancer. Lymphoma is a cancer. In the image above, the word ‘cancer’ is pluralized so as to highlight the fact that there ...

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Cancer in and of itself in uncountable. However, this is not the case when referring to different types of cancer. When referring to different types of an uncountable noun, the definite article is used.  Observe:

Leukemia is a cancer.
Lymphoma is a cancer.

In the image above, the word ‘cancer’ is pluralized so as to highlight the fact that there are different types of blood cancer.  (Rule 3.1 Exception #1)

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Definite Article TTC http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-ttc/ http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-ttc/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:39:42 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=686 The name of the organization that provides public transportation in Toronto is the Toronto Transit Commission, otherwise known by its much shorter initialism … the TTC. The definite article should be used whenever one refers to an organization (Rule 9.3).  The TTC seems to have chosen to omit the definite article from their logo, but I must strongly emphasize that ...

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The name of the organization that provides public transportation in Toronto is the Toronto Transit Commission, otherwise known by its much shorter initialism … the TTC. The definite article should be used whenever one refers to an organization (Rule 9.3).  The TTC seems to have chosen to omit the definite article from their logo, but I must strongly emphasize that the locals here do not omit its use in their everyday conversations regarding this organization.

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Definite Article Pigeons http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-pigeons/ http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-pigeons/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:39:55 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=1405 The sign featured above is very interesting. If you were to take it literally, you would never feed pigeons again. Just like when you warn a child not to talk to strangers, you mean for that child not to talk to strangers anywhere, under no circumstances. Imagine a sign telling you not to feed pigeons anywhere, under no special circumstances. ...

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The sign featured above is very interesting. If you were to take it literally, you would never feed pigeons again. Just like when you warn a child not to talk to strangers, you mean for that child not to talk to strangers anywhere, under no circumstances. Imagine a sign telling you not to feed pigeons anywhere, under no special circumstances. That would be a strange sign indeed! The definite article is often omitted from signs so as to save space, this also appears to be the case with the above image. If the definite article were included, it would read:
Please Do not Feed the Pigeons in this Area
Use the definite article to point to a noun to make it definite. (Rule 4.2). So, if you like feeding pigeons, feel free to do so, just not where you see this sign.

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Definite Article Pubs http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-pubs/ http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-pubs/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:01:31 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=690 Walk along the street in any English speaking country and you will quickly discover that the definite article precedes the names of most pubs.

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Walk along the street in any English speaking country and you will quickly discover that the definite article precedes the names of most pubs.

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Definite Article with Rivers http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-rivers/ http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-rivers/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:59:01 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=660 The above example is wrong, it should read ‘I went to the Don River.’ The definite article is always used when referring to rivers. (Rule 7.3)

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The above example is wrong, it should read ‘I went to the Don River.’ The definite article is always used when referring to rivers. (Rule 7.3)

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Rain or the Rain? http://masteringarticles.com/rain-or-the-rain/ http://masteringarticles.com/rain-or-the-rain/#respond Fri, 15 May 2015 15:15:02 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=650 Farmers like rain, but they don’t like the rain. What does this mean? All farmers like rain as it is good for their crops. If it doesn’t rain, their crops will die and they will have difficulty earning a living. Due to the nature of their work farmers like rain in and of itself. It would be quite unusual to ...

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Farmers like rain, but they don’t like the rain. What does this mean? All farmers like rain as it is good for their crops. If it doesn’t rain, their crops will die and they will have difficulty earning a living. Due to the nature of their work farmers like rain in and of itself. It would be quite unusual to find a farmer who doesn’t like rain.

However, there many be things that are associated with rain; such as getting wet, mud, not being able to go out, botched plans, etc., that a farmer might not like. When referring to the things that are associated with rain, the definite article is used…i.e. the rain. When the definite article is used with the word ‘rain’ it becomes an object activity noun.

Just to recap: Farmers like rain (rain in and of itself), but they don’t like the rain (the things associated with rain).

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Definite Article Bus http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-bus/ http://masteringarticles.com/definite-article-bus/#respond Tue, 05 May 2015 04:09:07 +0000 http://www.mastering.dev/?p=677 The above should read ‘I took the bus.’ The use of the definite article does not signify something that is specific, rather it is used as part of an object-activity noun. Object-activity nouns highlight the activities associated with them.

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The above should read ‘I took the bus.’ The use of the definite article does not signify something that is specific, rather it is used as part of an object-activity noun. Object-activity nouns highlight the activities associated with them.

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