An article is a kind of adjective which is always used with and gives some information about a noun. There are only two articles a and the, but they are used very often and are important for using English accurately.

The word a (which becomes an when the next word begins with a vowel – a, e, i, o, u) is called the indefinite article because the noun it goes with is indefinite or general. The meaning of the article a is similar to the number one, but one is stronger and gives more emphasis. It is possible to say I have a book or I have one book, but the second sententence emphasizes that I do not have two or three or some other number of books.

The word the is known as the definite article and indicates a specific thing. The difference between the sentences I sat on a chair and I sat on the chair is that the second sentence refers to a particular, specific chair, not just any chair.

Many nouns, especially singular forms of countable nouns which you will learn about later, must have an article. In English, it is not possible to say I sat on chair without an article, but a demonstrative or possessive adjective can be used instead of an article as in the sentences I sat on that chair and I sat on his chair.

Whenever you see an article, you will find a noun with it. The noun may be the next word as inthe man or there may be adjectives and perhaps adverbs between the article and the noun as in the very angry, young man.


Fill in the blanks with Correct Articles…(a, an, the, no article)

  1. New York is —– large city
  2. Are you attending —– reception today
  3. —– Oranges are grown in Nagpur
  4. She wants to become —– engineer
  5. —– lion is a ferocious animal
  6. —– unit means a measurement
  7. Taj mahal is built of —– marble
  8. He is —– European
  9. Let us play —– chess
  10. the a noarticle a no article.
  11. I go to Madurai by —– Vaigai Express
  12. He hopes to join —– university soon
  13. Let us go to a restaurant and have —– coffee
  14. It is —— absurd story
  15. I want to eat —– apple
  16. —– Pandiyan Express is very popular
  17. India will become —– super power shortly
  18. Ram was —– best student in the class
  19. Please give me —– useful gift
  20. —– apples I bought are sour
  21. The thief was sent to —– prison
  22. —– meat you cooked tasted good
  23. Our city will have —– university soon
  24. —– elephant is a vegetarian
  25. This is —– car I bought yesterday


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