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A, an and the are called Articles.

  • Article two types : such as 

{ 1 }  Definite Article 

{ 2 }  Indefinite Article 

Definite Article : This is called a definite article because it refers to a specific personuniversal truth, animal or object.

Example ———-

  • The earth is round.
  • Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia .
  • Sultana reads the holy book.

Some of the important rules of definite article :  

[ 1 ]  The singular and plural of the common noun that specifies the number is preceded by the.

  • It is a mango tree.
  • The tree is very useful.
  • The girl recite the book gradually.

[ 2 ]  The singular common noun is preceded by the.

  • The cow gives us milk.
  • The rose is very nice flower.

[ 3 ]  Mankind does not sit before man and women.

  • The man is mortal. ( incorrect)
  • Man is mortal. ( Correct)

[ 4 ]  Rivers sit before the names of rivers, seas, bays, mountain ranges, islands, ships, etc.Such as –

  • The Andamans,
  • The Himalayas,
  • The Titanic.

[ 5 ] The name sits before the name of scriptures and magazines.Such as –

  • The holy Quran,
  • The Daily sun.

[ 6 ]  Single Object – Earth, Moon, Sun, East, West, North, South, etc. sits before the name.

  • The sun,
  • the earth,
  • the moon.

[ 7 ]  The descriptive or meaningful name is preceded by the.

  • The U.S.A., the panjab.

[ 8 ] The sits before the name of the date.

  • The 10th March.

[ 9 ]  The name sits before the name of the race and community.

  • The rich,
  • The poor,
  • The Muslims.

[ 10 ] In superlative degree the adjective is preceded by the.

  • He is the best student  in the class.

[ 11 ]  The material does not sit before the noun. However, the specific place or type of the sit.

  • The Diamond of Africa is famous.

[ 12 ] Proper noun is preceded by an adjective.

  • The great Akbar was a mighty ruler.

[ 13 ]  If the identifiable name of the clan or family is plural, it is preceded by the.

  • The Mirza,
  • the Khans,
  • The Pathans,
  • The Sheikh,
  • The Sikder etc.

[ 14 ]  If the word expressing the number sits in the unit sense then the sits before it.

  • Eggs are sold by the dozens.

[ 15 ] The musical instrument is preceded by the.

  • I can’t play the Guitar.
  • The cowboy can play the flute well.

[ 16 ]  Some instruments and the sit before the discovery.

  • Markoni invented the radio.
  • The bicycles is an easy means of transport.

Omission of definite article:

1. If the name of the author of the famous book is before the book, the does not sit. But if the author’s name is not before the sit.

  • The Gitanjoli of  Robindranath is very popular book.

2. Do not sit before the name of the road, avenue, square, park.

  • He is visiting  to —- park.

3. The name does not precede the language.

  • —- Arabi is our mother lsnguge.
  • —– English is an international language.

4. But if the word language is mentioned after the name of the language, the sits.

  • The English language is international.

5. The does not sit before the name of the lake.Such as –

  • Lake Superior
  • , Lake Baikal,
  • Lake Caspian.

6. Do not sit before the name of the day or month.

  • —– Friday is holyday.

7. Do not sit before the name of the disease.

  • —— Fever has broken out in the home.

8. Do not sit before the name of Allah or God.

  • —– Allah has created us.

9. The body does not sit before the limbs and clothing.

  • —– Raise your right hand.
  • ——– Put off your shirt.

10. Do not sit before the travel-related vehicle or travel route.

  • —– by bus,
  • —— by train
  • ——- by launch.


Indefinite Article :  A and an are called indefinite articles because they refer to an indefinite person, animal or object. Usually the singular countable noun is preceded by a or an.

Example ————–

He has a book.

It is an elephant.

The like to have an apple.

Use of A and An : 

1. Usually  a precedes the consonant and an before the vowel (a, e, i, o, u).

  • A hen,
  • a book,
  • a pen,
  • an apple,
  • an egg,
  • an orange.

2. If there is h at the beginning of the word and if h is pronounced like h then a precedes it. But if h is pronounced o or any other pronunciation, it is preceded by an.

  • A horse,
  • a historian,
  • an honest man,
  • an hour.

3. If a word has a vowel at the beginning and its pronunciation is like u, it is preceded by a.

An ewe, a European, a uniform, a university, a useful metal.

4. An sits before a word consisting of O. Only one word is preceded by a.Such as-

  • an open field
  • an open heart surgery
  • an opera,
  • an orange,
  • a one taka note
  • a one eyed man.

5. Short form i.e. the first letter of the abbreviation is pronounced like a vowel followed by an. But when the first letter of the abbreviation is pronounced like a consonant, it is preceded by a.

  • An –   M.B.B.S
  • An –   F.C.P.S,
  • An –    M.A,
  • A –      B.A,
  • A –     B.Sc.

Other uses of A and An : 

1. a / an precedes all singular common nouns.

  • A tiger is a dangerous animal.
  • An ant is an industrious insect.

2. A / an precedes a person or object.

  • He bought an orange,
  • He lives in a tiny room.

3. A / an is placed before the singular common noun to express the meaning of something similar (the same, the certain) etc.Such as:

  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Criminals are of a (the same) character.
  • There lived a farmer.

4. A is sometimes used in the sense of preposition. Such a is called disguised preposition.For example:

  • He went a (on) fishing,
  • She went a (on) shopping.

5. Few, little, good many, lot of, great many, good deal, etc. A / an sits before the plural noun. Sometimes a / an sits after many.

Such as:

  • I have a few friends here.
  • The library has a lot of books.
  • The rich man has a good deal with money
  • Many a man was present in the meeting.

6. Numerical words- a sits before dozen, hundred, thousand, million, couple, score, etc.

7. Exclamation means what, how, why, etc. is followed by a.

  • What a beautiful lady!
  • How nice a bird!

8. Singular common noun – sits a / an before quite, many, rather, but, more.

  • She is rather a pious girl.
  • You are an ideal boy.

9. Mr./Mrs./Miss is preceded by a / an.

  • A Mr. Ashik called in his house.
  • A Mrs. Habiba sought his help.


Omission of a / an:

1. A / an does not sit before meals. However, if the adjective sits before the meal (meals) a / an sits.

(Incorrect) We have a dinner at 8.00 pm.

(Correct) We have dinner at 8.00 pm.

(Incorrect) We had good breakfast yesterday.

(Correct) We had a good breakfast yesterday.

2. A / an does not precede the plural noun.

  • Flowers are beautiful.
  • Trees are useful.

3. Uncountable nouns such as – advice, information, news, baggage, water, milk, oil, tea, paper, etc. do not sit a / an before.

  • He gave me some information.
  • He take tea.
  •  drinks water.

However, if there are some measure words that can be measured, a / an is placed before it.

  • Give me a glass of water.

4. We don’t use A/AN with possessive pronouns, demonstratives or cardinal numbers.

  • My shirt is dirty.
  • This car is expensive.
  • One person is in the reception.

By using these study tips, you will be able to learn the article naturally.

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