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English Grammar Lesson – Articles! December 23rd, 2016

Welcome to another English Grammar Lesson!

As all English learners come to know, articles are tricky little pieces of grammar. They are such a small element of our vocabulary, yet vital in our quest for fluency.

There are three types of articles; Definite, Indefinite, and Zero.
Perhaps you are familiar with Definite and Indefinite, but not Zero. We will be reviewing all of these today!

Definite Article:
The definite article is used to refer to something for the first time, or to refer to a particular member of group or class. It may be something that the speaker has already mentioned or it may be something uniquely specified. The definite article in English for both singular and plural nouns, is the.

Indefinite Articles:
There are two of these kind. “Indefinite” means “not specific”. Use A(AN) when you are talking about a thing in general, not a specific thing. You also use it when talking about a thing which is new, unknown, or introduced to a listener for the first time.

Zero Article:
This is when a noun is not preceded by an article. The following instances do not require the use of any article:
Abstract nouns
General meaning
Singular countable nouns

As small as they are, articles are easy to miss. They are something which you can revise over and over, and are an important step on the road to fluency!


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