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When asking a general question about something in English, should they be formed in plural or in singular? Or rather what is a good way of forming it?

How are articles used in English?

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How is an article used in English?

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Are you using the word article to mean grammatical articles (a, an, the) or are you meaning "a generic thing" and the question could apply to verbs or adjectives, or pens, or telephones? –  Andrew Leach Jun 23 '12 at 7:55
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Both are grammatical ways of making a generic reference. (It is, incidentally, a strange question. Proverbs do not usually have any particular construction.)

EDIT: The same applies to your edited post. A third way in that particular case is to use the definite article: How is the article used in English? although some might object to that on the grounds that English has more than one article.

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Thanks! Changed it. –  Noah Jun 23 '12 at 7:00
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