A, an, and the: Three Articles that modify a noun.
There are two types of articles- Indefinite articles and Definite articles.
Indefinite articles -‘A’ and ‘An’ are used to refer to nouns but not a specific noun. It can be any noun or group of nouns.’ A’ is placed before a word starting with a consonant.
‘An’ is placed before a word starting with any one of the five vowels that are (a, e, i, o, u).
If the noun after the article begins with a vowel sound, “an” is placed before a noun.
The vowel sound is created by vowels ‘a, e, i, o, u’ and sometimes ‘an’ is placed before ‘h’ if it is silent. For example:
If a noun starts with a consonant then ‘a’ is placed before a noun. If a noun starts with a vowel but makes a consonant sound then ‘a’ is placed before the noun. If a noun makes a ‘y’ sound then “a” is placed before the noun.
Definite Articles-‘The’ is a definite article used to refer to a specific noun or group of nouns. For example: