Articles Before Countable And Uncountable Nouns

Articles Before Countable And Uncountable Nouns

Articles Before Countable And Uncountable Nouns

Articles Before Countable And Uncountable Nouns

Articles Before Countable And Uncountable Nouns

A, an:

A and an have the same meaning and as they both mean one, they are used only before a singular countable noun (a hat). We do not place either of them before a plural noun or an uncountable noun.

Examples
  • He who kills animals illegally is a poacher.
  • His father works as an accountant in a multi-national company.

The:

We use the before the following types of nouns.

Examples
Singular countable noun:

  • The serial killer has struck again.

Plural countable noun:

  • Rebel forces killed two of the soldiers.

Uncountable noun:

  • The sand blown by strong wind covered the entire area.

Proper noun:

  • The Brown family whom you have been waiting for has arrived.

Zero Article

We use the zero article before the following types of nouns:

Examples
Plural countable noun:

  • Dogs bark all the time.
  • Most of them who spend time at this coastal resort are tourists.

Uncountable noun (always singular):

  • Rice is currently in short supply in the province.
  • Drug overdose caused his death.

Proper noun:

  • Rome is a great city.
  • Her first language is English.