Articles in English grammar
‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’ are three articles in English grammar.
Articles in English are divided in two types.
- the = definite article
- a/an = indefinite article
- The is used to refer to specific or particular nouns. It can be used with singular, plural, or uncountable nouns.
- ‘a’ and ‘an’ article are used to indicate that a noun refers to a general idea and not a particular thing.
- Uncountable nouns don’t use ‘a’ or ‘an’.
- The indefinite article (a or an) is only for singular nouns.
- Rivers, mountain ranges, seas, oceans and geographic areas all use article ‘the‘.
- Unique things have ‘the’ article.
- For country name use ‘the’ article.
- The Pakistan, The Nepal, The Turkey
- We use ‘the’ before classes of people.
- the rich, the poor
- Theatres, cinemas and hotels have ‘the’.
- Abbreviations use ‘the’.
- the UN, the USA, the IMF.