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Articles with Nouns

Articles With Nouns

Examples of countable nouns: Examples of uncountable nouns (nouns you can make plural) (nouns you cannot make plural) person/ (3) people happiness story/ (4) stories homework computer/(30) computers advice woman/ (12) women air

Use of Articles (A, An, The and Æ)

A/An: Use in front of singular, unspecified, general countable nouns. A precedes consonant sounds; an precedes vowel sounds. Example: I went to a concert at an amphitheatre. (Concert is a singular countable noun; in this case you do not specify which concert, is not mentioned before and it begins with a consonant sound) (Amphitheatre is a singular countable noun; in this case you do not specify which amphitheatre, is also not mentioned before and it begins with a vowel sound.) Example: When you have a headache, take an aspirin. (Headache is a singular general countable noun that begins with a consonant sound.)

The: Use in front of specified, known, or identified singular or plural countable nouns or in front of specified, known, or identified uncountable nouns. Example: The concert I went to last night was sold out. (Concert is identified; it was the one from last night.)

Example: The happiness she felt about her scholarship was contagious. (Happiness is uncountable and is identified as the feeling that came from the scholarship.)

Æ: Use no article in front of plural countable or uncountable nouns that are unspecified, unidentified or general.

Example: People who experience anxiety should ask for advice. (People: general, not identified or specified people. Anxiety: not previously mentioned or identified. Advice: not specified or previously mentioned advice.

Contrast with this sentence. The people (identified) who went to Dr. Brown appreciated the advice (identified) she gave them about the anxiety (identified) they felt.

 Updated Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 9:47:49 AM by Marilyn Patton - pattonmarilyn@fhda.edu
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