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we're talking about a single. For example. we use the. a dog an + singular noun beginning with a vowel: an elephant. Let's look at each kind of article a little more closely. a bike. such as "historical. Like adjectives." There are many movies. For example. Here's another way to explain it: The is used to refer to a specific or particular member of a group. referring to any member of a group. in this case an elephant. We call the the definite article and a/an the indefinite article. Remember.a/an is used to modify non-specific or non-particular nouns. but there's only one we're talking about here. a unicycle an + nouns starting with silent "h": an hour a + nouns starting with a pronounced "h": a horse o In some cases where "h" is pronounced. an apple. an article is an adjective. using a or an depends on the sound that begins the next word. We don't know which dog because we haven't found the dog yet. a car. Indefinite Articles: a and an "A" and "an" signal that the noun modified is indefinite. Therefore. the = definite article a/an = indefinite article For example. non-specific thing. "I just saw the most popular movie of the year. "Let's read the book. We're talking about any movie. . a is more commonly used and preferred. begins with a consonant 'y' sound.. articles modify nouns. So. The is used to refer to specific or particular nouns. There are probably several elephants at the zoo. we're not talking about a specific movie. an egg.e. I don't have a specific one in mind. "Somebody call a policeman!" This refers to any policeman. For example:    "My daughter really wants a dog for Christmas. and I want to see any movie..      a + singular noun beginning with a consonant: a boy." I mean a specific book." you can use an. a zoo. However. we need any policeman who is available. "Let's read abook." I mean any book rather than a specific book.ARTICLES ARTICLE RULES: What is an article? Basically. We don't need a specific policeman. "When I was at the zoo." Here." This refers to any dog. an idiot. a university. English has two articles: the and a/an. If I say. I saw an elephant!" Here. "I would like to go see a orphan a + singular noun beginning with a consonant sound: a user (sounds like 'yoo-zer.' i. There are many movies. so 'a' is used). "A/an" is used to refer to a non-specific or non-particular member of the group. if I say. but only one particular movie is the most popular.

it's still a particular policeman because it is the one who saved the cat.   "I love to sail over the water" (some specific body of water) or "I love to sail over water" (any water). The signals that the noun is definite. (I am a member of a large group known as teachers. "She wants a water. "I saw the elephant at the zoo.' i. you can't say.) Seiko is a practicing Buddhist. Even if we don't know the policeman's name." Here. "I was happy to see the policeman who saved my cat!" Here. the indefinite articles are used to indicate membership in a group:    I am a teacher.) Brian is an Irishman. that in English. "He spilled the milk all over the floor" (some specific milk. say." Most of the time. Do not use the before: .e. that it refers to a particular member of a group. we're talking about a specific noun.   "I need a bottle of water. we're talking about a specific dog.If the noun is modified by an adjective. perhaps the milk you bought earlier that day) or "He spilled milk all over the floor" (any milk). For example: "The dog that bit me ran away. the dog that bit me. "A/an" can be used only with count nouns. Geographical use of the There are some specific rules for using the with geographical nouns. Probably there is only one elephant at the zoo. Count and Noncount Nouns The can be used with noncount nouns." Here. we're talking about aparticular policeman. or the article can be omitted entirely." unless you're implying. the choice between a and an depends on the initial sound of the adjective that immediately follows the article:    a broken egg an unusual problem a European country (sounds like 'yer-o-pi-an. (Brian is a member of the people known as Irish.) Definite Article: the The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular. begins with consonant 'y' sound) Remember." "I need a new glass of milk. a bottle of water. (Seiko is a member of the group of people known as Buddhists. too.

Key West) except with island chains like theAleutians.htm . Lake Erie except with a group of lakes likethe Great Lakes names of mountains: Mount Everest. computer science SOURCE : https://owl.purdue. Russian (unless you are referring to the population of the nation: "The Spanish are known for their warm hospitality. the North Pole geographical areas: the Middle East. oceans and seas: the http://www. or states: Seoul. history. the Netherlands. Maui. however. names of lakes and bays: Lake Titicaca. the Philippines. gulfs.fis. and peninsulas: the Sahara. forests. Spanish. Main St.the Dominican Republic.") Names of sports: volleyball. the Hebrides. or the Canary Islands Do use the before:     names of rivers. hockey. baseball Names of academic subjects: mathematics. the Pacific points on the globe: the Equator. Mexico.grammarly. English. Bolivia.       names of most countries/territories: Italy. the West deserts.english. the Black Forest. Manitoba. the United States names of the Persian Gulf. the Iberian Peninsula Omission of Articles Some common types of nouns that don't take an article are:    Names of languages and nationalities: Chinese. http://esl. towns. Mount Fuji except with ranges of mountains likethe Andes or the Rockies or unusual names like the Matterhorn names of continents (Asia. Europe) names of islands (Easter Island. Miami names of streets: Washington Blvd..

The following table contains rules for some of the most frequently used prepositions in English: Prepositions – Time English   on in       at           since for ago before to past to / till / until        days of the week months / seasons time of day year after a certain period of time (when?) for night for weekend a certain point of time (when?) from a certain point of time (past till now) Usage          on Monday Example in August / in winter in the morning in 2006 in an hour at night at the weekend at half past nine since 1980 for 2 years 2 years ago before 2004 ten to six (5:50) ten past six (6:10) from Monday to/till Friday over a certain period of time (past till now)  a certain time in the past earlier than a certain point of time telling the time telling the time     marking the beginning and end of a period  of time in the sense of how long something is going  till / until  He is on holiday until Friday.PREPOSITION RULES Prepositions are short words (on. The only way to learn prepositions is looking them up in a dictionary. in. to) that usually stand in front of nouns (sometimes also in front of gerund verbs). reading a lot in English (literature) and learning useful phrases off by heart (study tips). . Even advanced learners of English find prepositions difficult. There are hardly any rules as to when to use which preposition. One preposition in your native language might have several translations depending on the situation. as a 1:1 translation is usually not possible.

at work  on                the picture on the wall London lies on the Thames. study. beside  under   on the ground. at school. town. work) attached for a place with a river being on a surface for a certain side (left. radio left or right of somebody or something         Example in the kitchen. on the table on the left on the first floor on the bus. world meaning next to. in a taxi in the picture. lower than (or covered by) something else lower than something else but above ground covered by something else meaning more than  the bag is under the table  below   the fish are below the surface  over     put a jacket over your shirt over 16 years of age . by an object for table for events place where you are to do something typical (watch a film.  by. at the station at the table at a concert. Prepositions – Place (Position and Direction) English  in      at     Usage room. car. street. on the radio Jane is standing by / next to / beside the car. at the party at the cinema. country book.English to last  by   Usage Example in the sense of at the latest up to a certain time   I will be back by 6 o’clock. building. paper etc. in the world at the door. I had read five pages. right) for a floor in a house for public transport for television. in London in the book in the car. on a plane on TV. By 11 o'clock. taxi picture. next to.

bottom and  the sides movement to person or building movement to a place or country for bed enter a room / a building      to    go to the cinema go to London / Ireland go to bed go into the kitchen / the house go 5 steps towards the house   into towards   movement in the direction of something  (but not directly to it) movement to the top of something in the sense of where from     onto from   jump onto the table a flower from the garden Other important Prepositions English   from of      by on      in off   who gave it who/what does it belong to what does it show who made it walking or riding on horseback entering a public transport vehicle entering a car / Taxi leaving a public transport vehicle Usage         Example a present from Jane a page of the book the picture of a palace a book by Mark Twain on foot. on horseback get on the bus get in the car get off the train .English    above  Usage getting to the other side (also across) overcoming an obstacle higher than something else. but not directly over it getting to the other side (also over) getting to the other side    Example walk over the bridge climb over the wall a path above the lake  across     walk across the bridge swim across the lake drive through the tunnel  through  something with limits on top.

com/en/cram-up/grammar/prepositions .ego4u. by bus she learned Russian at 45 we were talking about you travelling (other than walking or horseriding)  for age for topics. meaning what about   Source : http://www.English   out of by      at about   Usage leaving a car / Taxi rise or fall of something   get out of the taxi Example prices have risen by 10 percent by car.