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Grade 5 - English Language
2.66 Articles

An article is a word that is put next to a noun to indicate the type of reference being made to the noun. English language has two types of articles, namely, indefinite articles and definite articles.

Indefinite Articles (a, an) refer to any member of a group.
Examples:
I am a boy.
It is an elephant.
There is a girl.
An eagle

Definite Article (the) refers to a specific member of a group.
Example: Please return the book that you borrowed from the library yesterday.

The following table summarizes the rules for using the articles:
 
  Specific
(This one, that one)
(This/that group)
Which one?
Which ones?
Non-Specific
Any one
Any group
One of many
One of many groups
Generic

In general

Count
Singular
The apple
The bird
The child
An apple
A bird
A child
*
*
Count
Plural
The apples
The birds
The children
Some apples
Some birds
Some children
Apples
Birds
Children
Non-count
 
The water
The information
Some water
Some information
Water
Information
 

The is not used with noncountable nouns referring to something in a general sense:
[no article] Coffee is a popular drink.
[no article] Japanese was his native language.
[no article] Intelligence is difficult to quantify.

The is used with noncountable nouns that are made more specific by a limiting modifying phrase or clause:
The coffee in my cup is too hot to drink.
The Japanese he speaks is often heard in the countryside.
The intelligence of animals is variable but undeniable.

The is also used when a noun refers to something unique:
the White House
the theory of relativity
the 1999 federal budget

Geographical uses of the

Do not use 'the' before:

  • Names of countries (Italy, Mexico, Bolivia) except the Netherlands and the US
  • Names of cities, towns, or states (Seoul, Manitoba, Miami)
  • Names of streets (Washington Blvd., Main St.)
  • Names of lakes and bays (Lake Titicaca, Lake Erie) except with a group of lakes like the Great Lakes
  • Names of mountains (Mount Everest, Mount Fuji) except with ranges of mountains like the Andes or the Rockies or unusual names like the Matterhorn
  • Names of continents (Asia, Europe)
  • names of islands (Easter Island, Maui, Key West) except with island chains like the Aleutians, the Hebrides, or the Canary Islands

Do use 'the' before:

  • Names of rivers, oceans, and seas (the Nile, the Pacific)
  • Points on the globe (the Equator, the North Pole)
  • Geographical areas (the Middle East, the West)
  • Deserts, forests, gulfs, and peninsulas (the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, the Black Forest, the Iberian Peninsula)

Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct articles. Write your own example sentences for each of the rules for using the articles described in this chapter. As a homework, read a book; and find at least ten articles and write the sentences in which they appear.
Q 1: Denver is the capital of ____ Colorado.
the
no article needed
a
an

Q 2: ____ apple a day keeps the doctor away.
The
No article needed
An
A

Q 3: ____ library is located on the corner of the street.
No article needed
A
An
The

Q 4: I borrowed ____ pencil from my friend.
the
an
a
no article needed

Q 5: Mrs. Yee speaks ____ Chinese.
a
the
an
no article needed

Q 6: I lived on ____ Main Street when I first came to town.
a
an
no article needed
the

Q 7: Eli likes to play ____ volleyball.
the
no article needed
an
a

Q 8: I want ____ apple from that basket.
the
no article needed
an
a

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