Noun Accomplices: Articles, Pronouns, and Adjectives
Articles are everywhere but few in number: just “the,” “a,” and “an.” They’re so quick and easy to use, almost everyone’s an expert. Still, some questions do arise, so here’s a quick article Q&A.
Another Quick Q&P Q&A…This Time About Articles
|Q.||When do you use “a” and when do you use “the”?|
|A.||Use “a”—aka the “indefinite” article—when you mean a person or thing in general. For example, after dinner someone might say: “I am dying for a piece of cake.” They don’t mean a specific cake—any cake will do. But inside a bakery, you’d say: “I want the delicious-looking yellow cake—the one right there, on the left. Nope, not the one in the middle. The one on the left.” In English ...|