English has two Articles: the and a/an. The is used to refer to specific or particular nouns; a/an is used to modify non-specific or non-particular nouns. “A” or “An” is called the Indefinite Article, because it usually leaves indefinite the person or thing spoken of; as, A Ground, A Cow. “The” is called the Definite Article, because it normally points out some particular person or thing.
If we say ‘The’ before any noun, it means we are talking about a particular thing or person. The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular.
- Please close the door.
- He has been causing trouble since the day he came.
- Please give me the hammer.
- The dog that bit me ran away.
The indefinite article takes two forms. It’s the word a when it precedes a word that begins with a consonant. It’s the word an when it precedes a word that begins with a vowel.
- There are 365 days in an year.
- a girl who was wearing a yellow hat
- My mother is an honest woman.
- She is a United States senator.
Let’s try to solve some questions
Find out the error in each of the following Sentences.
Q 1: It is only after (A)/ the war is over (B)/ the people realise (C)/ How bad it was(D)/ No error (E).
Solution: here the error are on the Part B, use A war instead of The War.
Q 2: He had no (A)/ illusion of being (B)/ either a distinguished writer (C)/ or a editor (D)/ no error(E).
Solution: here the error are on the Part D, use An editor instead of a editor.
Q 3: The robbers were (A)/ caught just as they (B)/ were about to (C)/ escape from the jail (D)/ no error (E).
Solution: here the error are on the Part D, remove the before Jail, and correct sentance is escape from the Jail.
Q 4: He claim to be a linguist (A)/ but in reality he (B)/ does not know even (C)/ the A B C of linguistics (D)/ no error (E).
Solution: No error.
Q 5: In the conclusion (A)/ it may be safely asserted that (B)/ the poet preaches some (C)/ moral implicity (D)/ no error (E).
Solution: here the error are on the Part A, remove the before conclusion , and correct sentance is in conclusion,
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