Articles. Group # 2 Reem Mohammad Han Xinyang. What is an article?. An article is a little word that comes before a noun. Basically, it is like an adjective. YOUR SUBTOPICS GO HERE. English has two articles. Definite article The. Indefinite article A / an.
Group # 2
English has two articles
A / an
The indefinite article a/an is used to modify non-specific or non-particular nouns.
if I say:
Let's read the book: I mean a specific book.
Thank you for the apple : the listener knows which apple I am talking about.
For example,If I say:
Let's read a book: I mean any book rather than a specific book.
I ate an apple: (any apple) , the listener dose not know or need to know which apple was eaten
A" and "an" signal that the noun modified is indefinite, referring to any member of a group. For example:
a + singular noun beginning with a consonant: a boy; a car; a bike; a zoo; a dog
If the noun is modified by an adjective, the choice between a and an depends on the initial sound of the adjective that immediately follows the article:
Remember, too, that in English, the indefinite articles are used to indicate membership in a group:
A dog bit me and ran away.
The can be used with noncount nouns, or the article can be omitted entirely.
"A/an" can be used only with count nouns.
Some common types of nouns that don't take an article are:
In the following phrases, supply either a or an:
1. ____ bingo game
2. ____ idiot
3. ____ good job
4. ____ rotten plum
5. ____ used fork
6. ____ uncle
Fill in the blank with the appropriate article, a, an, or the, or leave the space blank if no article is needed.
1. I want ____ apple from that basket.
2. ____ church on the corner is progressive.
3. Miss Lin speaks ____ Chinese.
4. I borrowed ____ pencil from your pile of pencils and pens.
5. One of the students said, "____ professor is late today."
6 Eli likes to play ____ volleyball.
No article needed
No article needed