Clarifying Articles

2020-01-14T13:55:37-05:00

Clarifying Articles For non-native (and some native) speakers of English, mastering the use of articles -- "the" and "a/an" -- can be a difficult task, so here is a short primer. Articles Defined Articles are adjectives inasmuch as they modify nouns, but their role is less descriptive than determinative, which is why they are also called determiners. And what they determine is whether the noun that follows them is specific or non-specific; definite or indefinite. A definite article, which invariably takes the form of "the," precedes a noun that the writer or speaker wishes to distinguish from its class, as in, [...]