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Tips for writers

Proper use of articles

The root word of “the” is “this” or “that” (definite article).
The root word of “a/an” is “any” (indefinite article).

This table shows how the articles should be used with nouns:

 
SINGULAR NOUN
PLURAL NOUN
DEFINITE ARTICLE
the
the
INDEFINITE ARTICLE
a/an
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