7 important rules of articles in English Grammar

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Definite Article "The":

Used with specific nouns we know

"the cat"


Indefinite Article "A" and "An"

Used with general nouns

"a dog" or "an apple"


No Article with Plural or Uncountable Nouns

Don't use articles with "cats," "water," etc.

Use "A" or "An" with Singular Nouns

Choose "a" before consonants and "an" before vowels

"an umbrella"

No Article with Names and Titles

Skip articles with names

"John" or "Doctor Smith"

Use "The" with Unique Things

Use "the" with unique nouns,

"the Sun"

Omit Articles with General Ideas

Skip articles in front of general concepts

"love" or "happiness"