Skip to Content

The Indefinite and Definite Articles in English | Using A, AN, THE

The Indefinite and Definite Articles in English | Using A, AN, THE

Sharing is caring!

The Indefinite and Definite Articles! In this lesson, you will learn the use of articles A, AN, THE in English to master your English grammar.

The Indefinite and Definite Articles

Using Indefinite Article – A

  • A is used in front of singular countable nouns ( a person, animal or thing ) which are not specific.
  • We don’t use a before uncountable or plural nouns.
  • If a noun starts with a consonant sound (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, etc.), “a” comes before the noun.

Examples:

  • a dog
  • a chicken
  • a boy
  • a teacher
  • a girl
  • a lesson
  • a website

Using Indefinite Article – An

  • An is used in front of singular countable nouns which are not specific.
  • We don’t use a before uncountable or plural nouns.
  • If the noun starts with a vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u), “an” comes before the noun.

Examples:

  • an umbrella
  • an owl
  • an apple
  • an image
  • an hour
  • an enemy
  • an author
  • an army

Using Definite Article – The

We use ‘the’ in front of all nouns ( It does not matter whether the nouns are singular, plural countable or uncountable ) to describe someone or something specific or unique.

Examples:

  • the Moon
  • the world
  • the Sun
  • the atmosphere
  • the rain
  • the South
  • the West
  • the North

The Indefinite and Definite Articles | Infographic

The Indefinite and Definite Articles in English | Using A, AN, THE

The Indefinite and Definite | Quiz

Read these questions below and chose the best answer!

Nigel Parsons

Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

For the indefinite article you clarify that it is 'a' before a noun starting with a consonant (sound) and 'an' before a vowel (sound).

Would it be helpful to point out that for the definite article 'the' there is a similar distinction for the pronunciation of 'the': 'Thee' before a vowel sound, 'Thuh' before a consonant sound

SHEEZA FATIMA

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

THANKS FOR THIS .šŸ‘šŸ˜

otman

Monday 25th of May 2020

thanks

RACHEL FIAT

Sunday 12th of January 2020

I don't agree with nĀ° 4, I would use no article ( before sports), no?