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ESL learning: Articles a, an & the


The article “a” (which becomes “an” when the next word begins with a vowel – a, e, i, o, u) is called the indefinite article because the noun it goes with is indefinite or general. The meaning of the article a is similar to the number one, but one is stronger and gives more emphasis.

The article “the” is known as the definite article and indicates a specific thing. The difference between the sentences I sat on a chair and I sat on the chair is that the second sentence refers to a particular, specific chair, not just any chair.

Fill in the blank with the correct article: A, an or the

1. I just had __________ great idea.
2. She had ______ house so large that____ elephant would get lost without _____ map.
3. He was doing eighty miles __________ hour on __________ motorway.

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