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Articles: A, an and the are Articles. They come before nouns.
There are two types of Articles.
1. Indefinite Articles (a, an)
2. Definite Article (the).
Indefinite Articles – (a, an): ‘An’ is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound and ‘a’ is used before a word beginning with a consonant sound – i.e.:
A boat, a cow, a dog, a fan, a goat, a hen, etc.
An ass, an inkpot, an elephant, an orange, an umbrella, etc.
Note: Some words begin with vowels but they sound like a consonant so ‘a’ should be used before that.
Some words begin with consonants but sound like a vowel, so ‘an’ should be used there.
For example, A one rupee-note.
An honest man.
Definite article: ‘The’ is used before some particular person or things, books, oceans, rivers, etc.
1. In the first sentence, used of ‘the’ before Amitabh Bachchans and Shah Rukh Khan means that Mr. Singh invites all the big stars of film industry to his parties.
2. In the second sentence, use of ‘the’ before Madhubala means Madhuri Dixit has been compared with Madhubala in beauty and quality.
3. In the third sentence, use of ‘the’ before Alexandors, Napoleans and Hitlers means that there are many people like Alexandor, Napolean and Hitler in history.
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