Grammar Basics - What is an article?
What is an article?An article indicates a noun in a sentence. There are three articles in English, a, an, and the.
The dog is in the basket.
An apple grows on a tree.
A and an are called indefinite articles, and the is called the definite article. Usually this means with a and an that they introduce a noun for the first time, while the refers to a specific noun.
A and an are singular, and can only be used for singular nouns. An is used before vowel sounds (an orange, an event)
Example: An apple grows on a tree. BUT, Apples grow on trees.
The is singular or plural.
Example: The dog is in the basket. AND The dogs are in the baskets.
An article always indicates a noun in a sentence. But an adjective may come between the article and the noun.
Example: A very tall man is buying a book.