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Articles – A, An & The

Finished watching the video, Now its time to test how much you have learned from this lesson – Take the quiz below.

Let’s stop at this newsstand. I’d like to buy ____ magazine so I have      something to read on our trip.


“American Idol” is one of ____ most popular shows on television.


You’re going to France for Christmas vacation? I have ___ uncle who lives  in Paris.


Mark wants to become ____ lawyer.


Jennifer is getting a divorce. Can you give her the name of ___ good  lawyer?


What’s ____ best coffee shop in London?


“There is more to _____ life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi


Hungary is _____ European country.


___ laptop comes in handy while traveling.


What are we having for _____ dinner tonight?


Question 1 of 10

The 3 articles in English are a, an and the. The learner has to decide noun-by-noun which one of the articles to use.

In fact, there are 4 choices to make, because sometimes no article is necessary. Native-speakers, of course, use the articles correctly without thinking. English learners, on the other hand, need to have some guidelines for making the right choice – particularly those learners whose own language does not have articles.

The guidelines that follow in this lesson should help ESL students to a basic understanding of English article use.

The words a, an  and the are known as articles.

We use an before words that begin with vowels (a,e,i,o,u).

E.g.  I found an orange boat.

However there are few exceptions like the words honest and hour. In the words honest and hour the alphabet h is silent and therefore the letter o becomes the first alphabet of the word and hence we use the article an.

E.g.      Mr. Smith is an honest man.
I will be with you in an hour.

We use a before words that begin with consonants (all the letters of the alphabet except the vowels).

E.g.  Bumble is a baby elephant.

We use the before words that we have already spoken about.

E.g. I bought an apple. The apple is very sweet.

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2 thoughts on “Articles – A, An & The”

  1. balaganesh says:

    i agree with you Amit

  2. p.amit says:

    In quiz, answer of the question no. 8 is wrong. I think, article “a” is used before the word European.

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