Indefinite and Definite Articles
The words a, an, and the are special adjectives called articles.
a—used before singular count nouns beginning with consonants (other than a, e, i, o, u):
1. Indefinite Article (a, an)
Used before singular nouns that are unspecified:
Used before number collectives and some numbers:
Used before a singular noun followed by a restrictive modifier:
Used with nouns to form adverbial phrases of quantity, amount, or degree:
2. Definite Article (the)
Used to indicate a noun that is definite or has been previously specified in the context:
Used to indicate a noun that is unique:
Used to designate a natural phenomenon:
Used to refer to a time period:
Used to indicate all the members of a family:
Todd: OK, Diana we're going to talk about adjectives?
Todd: What is hot?
Dianna: An oven.
Todd: Yeah. what do you put inside an oven?
Todd: Pizza. Do you bake your own pizza at home?
Dianna: I have before. I'm not a good cook though, so.
Todd: Oh, yeah, me neither. What is cold?
Dianna: The Artic ocean.
Todd: That is true. Very cold. What can you find down at the Artic?
Dianna: Oh, Polar bears.
Todd: Yeah, polar bears OK, have you ever seen a polar bear?
Dianna: Only at the zoo.