There are two types of articles:
The is called the definite article because it is used to indicate something specific.
A and An are called the indefinite articles because they are used to indicate something unspecific.
Examples of the Definite and Indefinite ArticlesHere are some examples of the articles in use:
When Do You Use An and A?The main question regarding articles is when to use an instead of a.
An is used instead of a to make speaking easier. An is used when the first sound of the next word is a vowel sound. Note: Consonants can create a vowel sound, and vowels can create a consonant sound. The use of an is determined by the sound not the letter. Look at these examples:
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USE AN BEFORE A VOWEL SOUND
Use an (as opposed to a) when the next word starts with a vowel sound. For example:
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