an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies.
When to Use Definite vs. Indefinite ArticlesArticles are a unique type of adjectives that indicate which noun (person, place, or thing) you’re talking about. The only definite article in English is the, and it refers to a specific noun. Indefinite articles (a or an) refer to nouns more generally. Indefinite Articles Indefinite articles refer to non-specific nouns. Think “I need a pen” or “I want an orange.” In both cases, we …
The Clarifying Powers of A, An, and TheArticles are words that make it clear whether a noun refers to something specific or something general. The English language has only three articles: a, an, and the. This stanza from Emily Dickinson’s poem “A Bird Came Down the Walk” demonstrates the use of all three: A Bird came down the Walk— He did not know I saw— He bit an Angleworm in halves And …
- defining moment,
- definite description,
- definite integral,
- definite relative clause,
- definite relative pronoun,
Origin of definite article
First recorded in 1755–65
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