Articles in English

The words “a”, “an” and “the” that defines the noun as specific or unspecific are called articles. Example: After a long day, the hot cup of tea sounds great.

Here, by using the word “a” in front of long day specifies that it's not some special day but just general day. Whereas “the” hot cup of tea specifies the word hot i.e, the tea which is particularly hot.

Articles are of two types:
  • Definite
  • Indefinite

 

Definite Articles

Word “The” is called the definite article. It limits the meaning of a noun to one particular thing.

Example: Are you going to the party? Here the word “the” specifies some particular party.


Indefinite Articles

Words “a” and “an” comes under indefinite articles. Where “a” is used before the consonants and word “an” are used before vowels.

Example:

  • He needs a pencil.
  • They had an orange for breakfast.

Take the quiz

I check ____ mailbox daily.

The

A

An

Answer

Answer: the


It was _____ amazing view.

A

An

The

Answer

Answer: an


Give me _____ red hammer.

The

A

An

Answer

Answer: the


Hand me ___ book. Any book will do.

A

The

An

Answer

Answer: a


Mary is ____ honest woman.

An

A

The

Answer

Answer: an


Mother bought ____ small gift for both the kids.

A

The

An

Answer

Answer: a


Please give me ____ glass of water.

The

An

A

Answer

Answer: a


Why are you reading ____ book?

A

The

An

Answer

Answer: the


Have you been to ____ Eifel tower?

The

A

An

Answer

Answer: the


Can you pass me ____ spoon?

A

An

The

Answer

Answer: a