Parts of Speech
Articles

Article

An article is a word that precedes a noun. The articles are a, an, and the.

An hour before the race, the couple checked into a hotel.

In this sentence the words an, the, and a are articles, and they modify the nouns they precede. Thus, an modifies hour, the modifies race, the modifies couple and a modifies hotel.

Note: Use an before a noun with a vowel sound, and use a before a noun with a consonant sound.

We say an hour because the consonant h is silent and the word hour has a vowel sound.

Reminder: Say half an hour or a half hour, not a half an hour.

 We worked for half an hour before we took a break.
 We worked for a half hour before we took a break.
 We worked for a half an hour before we took a break.

Reminder: After the words sort, kind, and type, the article is omitted.

 This is the kind of car that I don't like.
 This is the kind of a car that I don't like.

Note: Grammar books list articles as adjectives. An adjective provides information about a noun whereas an article does not. Therefore, we have listed articles separately here to make it easier for you to distinguish between them and pure adjectives.



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