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An Article is a word that is used before a noun to show whether the noun refers to something specific or not. These are a, an and the…

Examples:

Indefinite Article
I need a house ID-10013864

In the above sentence we find the article ‘a’. It shows that I do not need a specific house. I can have any house.

I would like an apple. 

 

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Once again, above we find the article ‘an’. It shows that the speaker does not need a specific apple. He can have any apple.  The difference here is ‘an’ is used when the word begins with a vowel, ie

ID-100100339 umbrella

ID-10030813 elephant

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however

If the first letter of the word is a vowel, but sounds like a consonant, then we use ‘a’
A
used car, a useful gadget

If the first letter of the word is a consonant, but sounds like a vowel, then we use ‘an’
an hour, an honest woman, an eye

Definite Article

I want the puppy 
ID-10030648Here we see that I want a specific puppy, not just any puppy.

‘The’ can be used before both singular and plural nouns.

Examples:

“The flower he gave her was very beautiful.”
“The flowers on the table are nice.
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