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The three articles—a, an, the—are a kind of adjective.

  • Use of A and An
    A and An are called indefinite articles because they are used to refer to something in a less specific manner (an unspecified count noun).

    We use a before singular count-nouns that begins with consonants (a cow, a barn, a sheep); we use an before singular count-nouns that begin with vowels or vowel-like sounds (an apple, an urban blight, an open door). Words that begin with an h sound often require an a (as in a horse, a History book, a hotel), but if an h-word begins with an actual vowel sound, use an an (as in an hour, an
     honor).

Examples : 
a useful device, a university, a European [u of these words actually sounds like yoo unlike to the u of an ugly incident].

a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a one-time hero [the words once and one begin with a w sound as if they were spelled].

  • Use of ‘The’
    The is called the definite article because it usually precedes a specific or previously mentioned noun.

    The is used with specific nouns. The is required when the noun it refers to represents something that is one of a kind
    The moon circles the earth.

    The is required when the noun it refers to represents something named earlier in the text.




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