Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Articles

A, an, and the are demonstrative adjectives, but they are also called articles. They are used to point things out vs. describe things, which makes them a bit different from most adjectives.

There are two types of articles: definite and indefinite.

Definite Article: The is a definite article because it points to a particular object or class, such as:

  • This is the song I was telling you about.
  • The red-eared slider is my favorite turtle.

Indefinite Article: A and an are called indefinite articles because they point out an object in general vs. a particular one. A is used with words beginning with a consonant sound or an aspirated h. An is used with words beginning with a vowel sound. For example:

  • A dog ran down the street.
  • We need to book a hotel room for our trip.
  • In a trial, it is best to have an honorable judge.
  • An apple a day is supposed to be healthy for you.

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