Revisiting Articles and Determiners

There are many different determiners in the English language. Articles are among the most common of the determiners. A, an, and the all  are generally used before nouns but there is some difference in their usuages.  For example, “the” is a definite article, meaning the person using the word is referring to a specific one. On the other hand, “a” or “an” are indefinite, can be used for general purpose.

Indefinite Articles come before a noun, and before an adjective + noun (a hen, a fat hen).

Definite Articles are not used before names of people or places.


Study the following examples:

I went to see a doctor.(means any doctor)

I Went to see the doctor.(means a particular doctor, family doctor) 

Summary

There are many different determiners in the English language. Articles are among the most common of the determiners. A, an, and the all  are generally used before nouns but there is some difference in their usuages.  For example, “the” is a definite article, meaning the person using the word is referring to a specific one. On the other hand, “a” or “an” are indefinite, can be used for general purpose.

Indefinite Articles come before a noun, and before an adjective + noun (a hen, a fat hen).

Definite Articles are not used before names of people or places.


Study the following examples:

I went to see a doctor.(means any doctor)

I Went to see the doctor.(means a particular doctor, family doctor) 

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