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There are three articles: the adjectives a, an and theThe is called the definite article as it is used to indicate something specific; whereas, a and an are called the indefinite articles as they are used to indicate something unspecific.


I fell over the chair again. (a specific chair, i.e., one known to the reader)
Can you pass me a chair. (an unspecific chair - i.e., any chair)

Interactive example:

I'm not a bitch. I'm the bitch! [show me the articles]
Use an (as opposed to a) only when the next word starts with a vowel sound.  

It was an unicorn.
(Unicorn starts with a vowel but not a vowel sound.)
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Glossary of grammatical terms

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