The Indefinite Articles: a, an We use “A” and “AN” only before singular count nouns. A Cat is a small animal. I like to eat an apple everyday. Be careful with plurals Girls love roses. Pay attention if there’s a non-count noun I like to drink water.
The Indefinite Articles: a, an A when followed An when followed with a consonant with a vowel sound. sound. An orange A baby An apple A cake Pay attention to words beginning with H and U A House / an Hour. A University / an Umbrela
The Definite Article: the When you are talking about something specific. General: I love motorcycles. (I love all types of motorcycles) Specific: The television is not working. ( One specific television isn’t working) When you are using the superlative form Natal is the most beautiful city in Brazil.
The Definite Article: the Countries whose names make a reference to plural. The United States (more than one state) The Philippines (Islands) The United Kingdom (4 countries) The Netherlands (The Low Countries) Most countries don’t use an article Italy Brazil Japan
The Definite Article: the When talking about Geographic areas. The Atacama Desert The equator The Middle East The Nile River The Pacific Ocean The World We don’t use an article when refering to Lakes Lake Paranoa
No Articles When talking about a category or group. Rabbits are faster than Tortoises. When refering to Abstract Nouns. Allyou need is love. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.
Things to remember 1) Indefinitive articles must be used when talking about professions. I’m an English teacher. My brother is an Engineer. 2) Pay attention to the SOUND of the next syllable, when deciding to use A/AN. An European country/ an MP3 player Don’t forget to use an article (the/an/a) before Singular Count Nouns dog/ball/book/orange/airplane/desk/chair