An article is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun.

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Rules for using an [duplicate]

What is more appropriate to use in the sentence below, a or an I had _________ one eyed parrot as my pet
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Why is the indefinite article used in: “like a challenge”

source: 60-Second Adventures in Thought (Open University) How could a humble tortoise beat the legendary Greek hero Achilles in a race? The Greek philosopher Zeno liked a challenge and came up ...
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Articles: “a” or “the” with “second assumption”?

I wonder if I have to use a, or the when I introduce two assumptions in an academic paper. For example, in an introduction section of an article it tells us that there are two assumptions that the ...
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What is the grammatical basis for using “a” before a present participle (-ing)?

Example: When I called, he came a running. My first inclination was that it's an article and the participle is being used as a gerund, but that doesn't make sense structurally. My second is I ...
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“As I am wo/man” in Twelfth Night, II, 2 (Shakespeare): a case of indefinite article omission or no?

Are "As I am man" and "As I am woman" in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, II, 2 examples of indefinite article omission or not? This question is (e)specially directed towards those familiar with ...
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Why no determiner before either 'lunatic' or 'knight' in “He's more lunatic than he is knight”

In the Norton Critical Edition of Don Quijote, ably translated by Burton Raffel, there is a passage in which Sancho Panza is talking about the titular character and he says ...while I am thinking ...
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Article in “A George Lukas film” and its absence in “John's brother” [duplicate]

I'm sure about the 1st sentence, since I always see it at the opening credits of almost every film (a somebody's film). But I'm not sure about the 2nd one, just it doesn't even look correct if I ...
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When is dropping the definite (or indefinite) article permissible and why?

I seem to be obsessed with those today. Okay, here goes: From The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde: And I and all the souls in pain, Who tramped the other ring, Forgot if we ourselves ...
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Omission of the indefinite article to eliminate ambiguity

love between husband and wife What is the reason that there is no article (e.g. "love between a husband and a wife") in the above? Has some kind of a rule been identified grammatically when it ...
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My favourite animal is a dog, the dog or dog

I consider myself a pretty advanced English teacher and user. Nonetheless, I've recently found myself in a pretty difficult spot trying to explain which of the following sentences is correct: My ...
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Using “a/an” twice describing “one person”

Is it grammatically correct to use an indefinite article "a" twice in the following sentence: Sean is a coward and a psychopath. There is a previous question about a definite article the, "Is it ...
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What article should be used at the beginning of the sentence about an object unknown to others?

I've started to write some story and at the beginning of that I'm faced with an issue. I'm not clear understanding what the article (the definite article or indefinite one) should be used when my ...
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question about definite article “the”

my sentence is "Getting an A in this class gave me the confidence in taking graduate-level classes." here do i need to use "the" in front of confidence or do i need to omit it? Thank you for your ...
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Lack of vs A lack of

Are there any differences between the uses/meanings of "lack of" and "a lack of" for example in the following? There is a lack of interest in the topic There is lack of research on the subject ...
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You have “the right” to remain silent vs “a right”

When you google "Miranda warning", the first thing you see is a clip of Wikipedia explaining what it is briefly: The "Miranda warning", which can also be referred to as the "Miranda rights", is ...
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AN additional $30,000 in income [duplicate]

I've found a phrase "an additional $30,000 in income" in a government document. Is the article an correct there and why?
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Definite or indefinite articles in this case?

If someone asks me what I am studying, what article should I use? Would it be: I am studying an MSc/a masters in Statistical Research Methods or I am studying the MSc/the masters ...
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Using “the” or “a” for an item already mentioned

I was reading a topic article in a English grammar book. In an explanation, the following guideline was mentioned: Use the to refer something that has already been mentioned. While I was ...
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A tendency to use “a” in place of “an” in American English

I have noticed that a lot of native American speakers use the indefinite article "a" in front of words beginning with vowels, such as interesting, old, apple , etc. Is there any reasonable ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” in this case? [duplicate]

I get confused about how to use "a" and "an" correctly. The question of "a" vs "an" should be decided by the pronunciation of the word that follows the article, right? But I've seen the following ...
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Did English have any plural articles in the past?

I am curious as to whether English had any plural articles like in French with "les" and "des".
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The use of indefinite article next to a parenthetical

Context Trevor was intrigued by the problem associated with the use of the indefinite article a. The two versions of the sentence that sparked this reaction are as follows: Version Gamma: The ...
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Use of the indefinite article before a day of the week

Can we use the indefinite article before the name of a day of the week? I was born on a Sunday. Or I was born on Sunday. Which one is more suitable and correct?
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Why did a chicken cross a road? [closed]

To get to another side. Can we conclude from the indefinite article "an" in "another" that the chicken did not have a definite plan in mind?
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Does the indefinite article “an” apply to vowel sounds from foreign languages?

When adding an indefinite article to English nouns, you either select a or an depending on the sound of the first letter of the noun that it precedes. In some languages vowel sounds occur that do not ...
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Can predicative complements not be bare noun phrases in English? That is, are clauses such as “I am student” incorrect?

In Chapter 4 of the book A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar, written by Rodney Huddleston of the University of Queensland and Geoffrey K. Pullum of the University of Edinburgh and published ...
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Definite and indefinite articles when referring to generic abstract objects

My classmate wrote a text about zoos in general, and the word "zoos" in plural form is mentioned many times in it. Later in the text he uses singular form "zoo" two times with indefinite articles, and ...
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?
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Using “a” or “the”?

everyone. When referring to a person, are there any firm guidelines when it comes to the use of "a" or "the" after the comma that follows their name? To clarify: Recently, I was writing an ...
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Request for a scholarly reference for the correct usage of the English indefinite article (a/an). [duplicate]

This is NOT a request for a recommendation of a "best" book. I'm looking for a definitive authoritative source to address a specific question... I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who ...
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Why is there an indefinite article before “London”? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I ...
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Omissions of indefinite articles

I've noticed that today lots of publications, such as textbook, newspapers, magazines, etc, often don't use the indefinite articles "a", "an" with indefinite singular and countable nouns especially in ...
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Which preposition should I use? [duplicate]

Dop I use a or an in the following sentence. You are invited to attend a European Festival or You are invited to attend an European festival
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“I remember a time” vs. “I remember the time”

I remember a time she was working as a waitress. I remember the time she was working as a waitress. Which of these is correct? And why?
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When to use indefinite article before “independence”?

I got this confusion with a particular English grammar: when to say an independence. Like: as children mature, they develop an independence. (Actually...I don't think "an" is even necessary for ...
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How do I know which article to use before a noun specified by a relative clause?

How can I explain the usage of the indefinite article in the following sentences? Thanksgiving is a day when we celebrate the harvest. New Year' Eve is a night when I have fun with my ...
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Should an article be used when enumerating items?

Which form is correct?: This technique improves a speed and a performance or: This technique improves speed and performance If there are two and more items, should each one be preceded by ...
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what article should go before specific games?

I came across an article in the following link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more ...
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Is it “a honor” or “an honor”? is h silent in this word in American English? [closed]

I read a tweet of President Obama: An honor to address the Coast Guard class of 2015. Confident they'll help us meet big challenges like climate change. Is h a silent letter in this word in ...
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Why there is no article before words like queen and king? [duplicate]

Why in the following sentences we omit articles (I'm basing on what I've heard in Game of Thrones - episode 1, season 5): You will be queen! You will be king one day! I would say "a king" and "a ...
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“A History of Britain”: Why the indefinite article? [duplicate]

There is a movie called A History of Britain. Why is the indefinite article used? I have always thought in such cases the article must be definite because a country's history (or that of anything ...
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What's the rule behind the use of the articles to refer to something in general? [closed]

I'm very confused about the use of English articles in generalisations with singular countable nouns. I read in a grammar book that in case of the word 'man' - the rule is that, if you want to say ...
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Article usage in “with + (a/an) + adjective + noun” [closed]

What is the best formulation, and eventually what are the differences, between: This task can be done without a human annotation. This task can be done without    human annotation.
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When did the a/an distinction happen?

Why do we have two versions of the indefinite article? When did this happen? Are there any texts where only one is used?
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Which indefinite article goes before “UDP”? [duplicate]

It's a simple question really, is it: A UDP An UDP UDP being an acronym for User Datagram Protocol. It sounds horrible either way, the internet is filled with both forms and the rules covering ...
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Indefinite article before 'god' [closed]

Here's a phrase from a song: There's nothing a god can give to me that I can't give to myself I put my beliefs in the things I believe and a god can take care of himself It might seem kind ...
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Articles: an email or a email in written English? [duplicate]

Different sources provide different information. E.g.: it should be an email for after e there's a consonant sound. And it should be a email for the general rule to use "an" instead of "a", is bound ...
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Using an indefinite article with ability

Which is correct? His artwork is outstanding. He has a natural ability. or His artwork is outstanding. He has natural ability.
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Why not “on a street”? [closed]

Why do people say "I met him on the street" instead of "on a street", even though they're talking about a street for the first time and another person doesn't know what exact street they mean?
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Why is it “a President” when it's clear to anybody that it's refering to the present President? [closed]

The New York Times (January 20, 2015) carries an editorial board article under the headline, “At the State of the Union, a President outgunned in Congress is still combative.” It begins with the ...