This week I am going to be focusing on Articles of speech.
What is an Article? Or a Article?
Well, all the following are articles: the, a, an.
Articles are words that define nouns. What does it mean to define a noun?
Take the following sentences:
At the park, I kicked the football
At a park, I kicked a football.
The use of the and a here give specificity to the situation. ‘The park’ is a specific park whereas
‘a park’ is any park.
Definite and Indefinite articles
There are technical terms for the differences in the two types of article. Definite and Indefinite.
The is the definite article as it makes the noun specific, and yep, you guessed it, a and an are indefinite articles.
‘Which indefinite article do I use? I hear you ask’.
Well, there is a general rule for this, and yes there are exceptions. The rule is a comes before a noun where the noun begins with a consonant, and ‘an’ comes before a noun that begins with a vowel.
I want an Ice cream – started with an ‘I’ (vowel) and therefore, is an.
I want a new car – adjective started with ‘n’ (consonant) and therefore, is a
There is such a thing as a zero article.
A zero article usually applies to plurals or mass nouns
People are not good with wasps (including me). As ‘wasps’ is plural, no article is required.
It is also worth noting that pronouns and proper nouns do not require articles.
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