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The words 'a', 'an' and 'the' are known as articles. These articles are being used along with nouns. There are certain rules according to which a particular article to be used is decided. Let us have a look at these basic rules.

1. Use of 'a'

This article is most commonly used with common nouns which are not specific.That is when they do not refer to a particular noun. It is always used with singular nouns. And it is used with words starting with a consonant. Examples of usage of 'a' are:

  • A dog
  • A book
  • A flower
  • A door
  • A boy
  • A classroom

2. Use of 'the'

It is used with common nouns while referring to a particular one. Like a specific book kept on the table or a boy in the neighborhood or the Taj Mahal.

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3. Use of 'an'

It is mainly used with nouns starting with a vowel or the sound of a vowel. The vowels are: 'a' , 'e', 'i' , 'o', 'u'. Examples are:

  • An apple
  • An actor
  • An umbrella
  • An ice-cream

Recap

'A', 'an' and 'the' are called as articles. 'A' is used very generally with non-specific nouns. The is used with specific nouns. 'An' is used with non-specific nouns starting with a vowel or the sound of a vowel. Examples of each case are:

  • A book
  • The book on the table
  • An apple

Quiz for Articles

Q.1

Supply a suitable article in the sentence: He is ____ stronger of the two.

a)

a

b)

an

c)

the

d)

No article

Q.2

________ book I gave you is a new one.

a) A
b) An
c) The
d) None of these

Q.3

Supply a suitable article :He was ___ first man to stand up.

a) one
b) an
c) the
d) a

Q.4

He was invited to____ dinner.

a) a
b) the
c) no article
d) one

Q.5

Supply a suitable article to make a correct sentence: ____ Pope delivered a religious speech.

a) a
b) an
c) the
d) one

Q.6

Choose a suitable article:

Kapil Dev brought (a)/ glory to India(b)/ by winning (c)/ World Cup in 1983(d)

a) a
b) d
c) b
d) c

Q.7

Choose a suitable article:

What a kind(a)/ of fellow he is (b)/ , if his enemies are (c)/ to be believed.(d)

a) b
b) c
c) d
d) a

Q.8

Choose a suitable article:

Will you please(a)/give me(b)/ little milk(c)/ for my cat?(d)

a) a
b) d
c) b
d) c

Q.9

Choose a suitable article:

The intelligent (a)/ should (b)/ help (c)/ the weak.(d)

a) a
b) d
c) c
d) no error

Q.10

Choose a suitable article:

My mother forbade(a)/ my sister to (b) go to theatre(c)/ at night(d)

a) a
b) b
c) d
d) c

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