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The Article

By mark


What is an article it s boring that s what it is l.jpg
What is an article? It’s boring, that’s what it is 

  • The definite article

  • The ‘the’

  • Definite article examples

  • An ordinary article

  • Examples of an ordinary article

  • Quiz

  • Summary and review


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The definite article what it is

The

  • When using the word ‘the’, there are things you need to think about:

  • It must be important in some way, special.

  • It must be set apart from the rest of the herd, to be looked at.

  • You must decide this is the only one.

    This all sounds very complicated, maybe we shall look at some examples?

    Follow me!


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The ‘the’. what it is

The Sun (only one)The Earth (only one too)

Special, unique, stands out!

The person, the country, the book, the apple, the bird, the radio, the colour, are all examples of one and only things, there isn’t a choice.

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Definite article examples. what it is

Try these examples:

The sky was dark, the wind blew, the rain fell, at last, winter had arrived.

The 15:45 was late again, the stationmaster paced impatiently, this was the forth time this week!

The Earth is the third planet from the nearest star, namely, The Sun, we use ‘the’ for these two bodies, interestingly, we don’t use it for the other planets in our system.


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An ordinary article. what it is

An ordinary article is one of many, it is not unique and it could just as well be this one as that one. The one thing that is important is that it is a type, and it is the type that is important!

A something/ An something

A what?

An what?

Elephant

Computer

No, you are right, its the other way around, but why?

You guessed it!

An, with A E I O U sounds i.e. orange, egg, igloo, idiot.

A, with all the rest car, tree, pen, book, banana. 


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Examples of an ordinary article. what it is

“An apple or a banana?” came the question, it took me a while, but I decided on the apple.

The main door was closed, however, on inspection there was a side door which remained open thoughout the week, mainly, for the sincere of heart, or the poor of pocket.

A man and his car are seldom parted.

What do you have on your desk; a pen, a pencil, a book or two, a rubber perhaps, maybe even a photo or a pot plant?


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Quiz: Your turn! what it is

  • Write something using the word ‘the’.

  • Give an example of a sentence with the article ‘a’ and an example with article ‘ an’.

  • What was the difference between the two examples?

Think of two things you have learnt about these words?

Tell a friend.


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Summary what it is

  • What is an article?

  • The definite article

  • Examples of the definite article

  • The ordinary article

  • A or an and why?

  • Examples of an ordinary article.

  • Quiz

  • Summary

  • Questions


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