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A article, AN article, or THE article... Which to Use?

A article, AN article, or THE article... Which to Use?

Author: Nancy Heilman
Description:
  1. Explain what articles are and how they function in a sentence.

  2. Explain how to determine correct article usage and the difference between “the” and “a/an” (definite and indefinite articles)

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English grammar and who is confused about the difference between definite and indefinite articles.

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Tutorial

What is an ARTICLE? How does it function in a sentence?

This two-minute video lists and explains six major facts about articles.

Source: Nancy Heilman

DEFINITE and INDEFINITE Articles: What's the difference?

This 4 minute video is a BASIC overview of what definite vs. indefinite articles are.

Source: Nancy Heilman

Using the DEFINITE Article "the"

This brief video gives a more in-depth discussion of the rules governing the use of the DEFINITE article "the."

Source: Nancy Heilman

Using the INDEFINITE Articles "a" and "an"

This brief video gives a more in-depth discussion of the rules governing the use of the INDEFINITE articles "a" and "an."

Source: Nancy Heilman

Article EXCEPTIONS

As is typical with the English language, there are numerous exceptions, where no articles are used before nouns.  The following edufind.com website page lists some of these, as well as giving example sentences:  http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/definite_article_exceptions.php

Also, The Writing Center (at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York) has a helpful pdf file, for those who want more in-depth information about article usage:  http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/wc_web/handouts/Articles_ESL.pdf.  Countable and uncountable nouns are discussed in this pdf file as well (pages 2 and 3), which is yet another facet of article usage.

It has been noted that articles can be EXTREMELY difficult and confusing for non-native speakers of English in particular.  Rules regulating article usage can be very precise, and it often takes years of practice with the English language to fully understand and correctly use them.