Definite and Indefinite Articles: Using A, An,The in English

Definite and Indefinite Articles in English! An article is a word that comes before a noun. There are two kinds of articles: definite articles and indefinite articles. In English, there is just one definite article: “the”. There are two indefinite articles: “a” and “an”.

Definite and Indefinite Articles

Using Article A in English

  • A is used in front of singular countable nouns ( a person, animal or thing ) which are not specific.
  • We don’t use “a before uncountable or plural nouns.
  • If a noun starts with a consonant sound (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, etc.), a” comes before the noun.


  • A cat
  • A bird
  • A child
  • A doctor
  • A house
  • A bike
  • A boy
  • A table

Using Article An in English

  • An is used in front of singular countable nouns which are not specific.
  • We don’t use “an before uncountable or plural nouns.
  • If the noun starts with a vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u), “an” comes before the noun.


  • An apple
  • An egg
  • An Ant
  • An orange
  • An hour
  • An aunt
  • An old man
  • An uncle

Using Article The in English

  • We use the article ‘the’ in front of all nouns ( It does not matter whether the nouns are singular, plural countable or uncountable ) to describe someone or something specific or unique.


  • The earth
  • The world
  • The sky
  • The air
  • the weather
  • The moon
  • The President
  • The CEO
  • The sun

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S. Tri Mudayana
S. Tri Mudayana
5 months ago

Thanks a lot for sharing this useful knowledge.

27 days ago

I love your definitions thanks

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