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  • 1. Determiners – other cases
  • 2.
    • In general, proper nouns do not use articles. However, there are certain situations which will call for the use of “the” in front of the name.
    “ The" with Proper Nouns
  • 3. “ The" with Proper Nouns
    • Plural names
      • The United States
      • The Smiths
      • The L.A. Lakers
    • Newspapers
      • The Washington Post
      • The National Enquirer
      • The New York Times
  • 4.
    • Names followed by “of” phrase
      • The Republic of Brazil
      • The Isle of Wright
      • The South of France
    • Names using a common noun
      • The United Kingdom
      • The Body Shop
      • The Science Museum
  • 5.
    • Names with adjectives
      • The White House
      • The Open University
      • The Red Room
    • Bodies of water, except lakes
      • The North Sea
      • The Indian Ocean
      • The Amazon River
      • The Panama Canal, but
      • Lake Ontario
  • 6.
    • Regions
      • The Northeast
      • The Middle East
      • The Wetlands
    • Mountain Ranges, but not mountains
      • The Andes
      • The Himalayas
      • The Rockies, but
      • Mount Everest
      • Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • 7.
    • Public institutions/groups
      • The Catholic church
      • The Protestants
      • The French
    • Theaters/hotels/galleries
      • The Mazda Gallery
      • The Globe Theater
      • The Cineplex
  • 8. No articles with singular count nouns
      • In general, all singular count nouns need to have an article, definite or indefinite. There are special situations, though, where we do not use any article.
  • 9. No article
    • Names of languages
      • They speak French.
    • Names of sports
      • He plays basketball.
    • Names of academic subjects
      • Jason hates math.
  • 10. No articles with singular count nouns
    • Idiomatic expressions with be and go
      • He ’ s in school/jail/church .
      • She went to work by train.
    • With meals/diseases/seasons
      • He has pneumonia .
      • They ate dinner out.
      • We’ll travel in summer .
  • 11. A or An
    • Use “a” with one and once , because they begin with the sound of “w” as in wall
      • a one-time thing
      • a one-woman man
    Remember, the use of “a” or “an” depends not on spelling but on sound. “A” is used for consonant sounds, “an” for vowel sounds.
  • 12.
    • With abbreviations and acronyms, the use of the article will depend on the pronunciation of the letter:
      • An FBI agent (eff)
      • An MRS exam (emm)
      • An OAS program (oh), but
      • A PTA meeting (pee)
      • A laser beam