Articles

English is spoken with the articles "a", "an", "the". This unit takes us through the proper usage of those articles

There are three articles with singular countable nouns; these are:-

  1. a) a b) an    c) the

Article a

i)This article is used with common nouns which begin with a consonant for example :-

a monkey                     a car

a plate                         a lion

a tree                          a dog

a bench                       a table

  1. ii) It is also used with common nouns with adjectives for example :-

a torn shirt

a black skirt

a tall man

a lazy woman

Article an

  1. This article is used with words beginning with vowels a,e,i,o,u

For example

an animal                         an apple

an egg                             an eagle

an angel                           an onion

an ox                                an owl

an orange                          an elephant

 

  1. It is also used before common nouns with adjectives which begin with vowels

For example

an old man

an ugly woman

an early bird

an assistant prefect

an open door

an obedient servant

USES OF ARTICLES IN ENGLISH VIDEO,

N.B.

‘An ‘ can also be used with words which begin with letters that are pronounced like vowels for example:-

an honest child

an hour

an heir

an heiress

an x-mas tree

an x-ray

 

Article THE

  1. i) ‘The ‘ is used for a particular person , thing or place.

For Example :-

  1. a) The hat he wore was very dirty (particular)
  2. b) The man you talked to was kind. (particular)

 

  1. ii) It is also used before names of seas, oceans etc.

for example.

  1. a) The Indian Ocean
  2. b) The Redsea
  3. c) The Pacific Ocean etc
  • It is also used before superlative adjectives

for example

the tallest boy

the wisest king

the thinnest woman.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ARTICLES A, AN, THE IN THE VIDEO BELOW

ASSIGNMENT : Articles assignment MARKS : 10  DURATION : 1 week, 3 days

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