Common difficulties with English


Angus' IELTS 7.00

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When to use A; An; The; or, no article

Indefinite Articles

‘A’ or ‘An’ are described as indefinite articles. As the description implies, they don’t refer to any particular object or subject. And that is probably the best way to remember how to use them. If your sentence refers to any chair (for example), then you would say ‘a chair’.

If your sentence refers to any octopus (for example), you would say ‘an octopus’. As an is used before a word starting with a vowel.

‘A’ or ‘an’ are similar in meaning to the word ‘one’. Only use ‘a’ or ‘an’ with singular nouns.

Definite Article

The is described as the definite article. It refers to a particular object or subject. If your sentence refers to a particular chair or octopus, you would say ‘the chair’ or ‘the octopus’.

Use ‘the’ when talking about something…

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