English/Parts of Speech/Articles

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Articles are used with names. In the next sentence the articles are bold and the names (or nouns) are in italics: The time is 11:34. A purse would look nice with that.

There are two types of articles: definite and indefinite. A and an are indefinite articles. The is a definite article. Definite articles name one specific thing. "The pencil" is talking about a certain pencil. "A pencil" is talking about any pencil.

When talking about things for the first time, the indefinite article a is often used. Afterwards, the definite article the is used. For example:

"There is a sofa and a table in my living room. The sofa is red and the table is made of glass."


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