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Articles don’t really have a meaning of their own, but they affect the sentence that they are part of.

There are two types of article.

The ‘definite’ article - ‘the’.
The ‘indefinite’ article - ‘a’ or ‘an’.


When ‘the’ is used in a sentence, it generally indicates that the noun is familiar or specific:

'It was the right time.' suggests familiarity
'They’re going to the cinema.' suggests a specific cinema

When ‘a’ (or ‘an’ when the next word starts with a vowel) is used in a sentence, it normally gives less emphasis or suggests less importance.

'It was a bad idea.' sounds dismissive
'They’re going to a cinema.' suggests any cinema.


Remember, an article is a ‘determiner’ because it helps to determine meaning.

Your Turn…

1. What is an article?
A short word that usually comes before a noun
A huge word that stands on its own
A large piece of cheese

2. What are the two types of article?
Active and passive
Newspaper and magazine
Definite and indefinite

3. Which sentence has an indefinite article?
The cinema opens at 9:00pm.
A small boy fell over.
They love films.

4. Which sentence has a definite article?
The cinema opens at 9:00pm.
A small boy fell over.
They love films.

5. How do we decide which indefinite article to use?
It depends on whether the word starts with a consonant or a vowel.
It depends on what our friend says
It depends on how much money we’ve got.

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