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Cases Where Articles Are Omitted

With uncountable nouns Articles are not used with uncountable nouns when we make general statements. I love coffee. (NOT… a coffee OR the coffee) Milk is rich in nutrients. (NOT The milk OR a milk) We can’t do without water. (NOT The water OR a water) She likes reading books. (NOT…the...

Indefinite Article

A singular countable noun always has an article or another determiner with it. The indefinite article a/an is used to talk about one particular person or thing when the listener does not know which one is meant, or...

Common Expressions Without Articles

In some common fixed expressions to do with place, time and movement, normally countable nouns are treated as uncountables, without articles. Examples are: To/at/in/from school To/at/from university/college (GB) To/in/from college (US) To/at/in/into/from church To/in/into/out...

Using Articles

The articles a/an (the indefinite article) and the (the definite article) belong to a group of words called determiners. They normally go at the beginning of noun phrases. Alice is a financial advisor. She is working for an insurance company. I have been to the doctor....

When To Use A and When To Use The

In some situations, you can use either the indefinite article (a/an) or the definite article (the). Note that there is a difference of meaning between the two structures. The definite article is used when...

Articles

A, an and the are called the articles. A/an is called the indefinite article; the is called the definite article. We use the before a noun when our listener/reader knows (or can work out)...