Articles in English
In our initial lessons, we discussed the basic articles in English. Now, let’s review with different examples:
If we are talking about something for the first time, we use ‘a’ or ‘an’ articles:
a / an: a (before vowel sounds) or an (before consonant sounds)
I bought a new pair of trainers. (Talking about something new)
We live in a big house. (Talking about a new house)
I live in a big city in Turkey. (Talking about a specific city)
Used with singular nouns;
I bought a house.
I bought a new T-shirt.
I bought a ticket for the concert.
Have you booked a room?
Can I have a clean fork, please?
When there are many things or people and we don’t specify which one;
I bought this pair of trainers in a shop in Izmir.
Would you like a drink?
Would you like a dessert?
Also used when introducing a profession;
I am an English teacher.
She is a doctor.
My brother is a veterinarian.
Using ‘the’: When referring to something mentioned earlier in the conversation.
For example, if we mentioned the T-shirt earlier;
The T-shirt is blue.
My mom put the T-shirt in the washing machine.
Or in specific locations, like the kitchen;
He is in the kitchen now.
Or when referring to a specific book;
Can I recommend the book I read last week?