https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Does anyone have a guide for English articles?

Does anyone have a guide for using the articles in English? It's just that I'm finding it hard to do the Duolingo courses from English when I keep getting the articles wrong :(

February 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaw1605

"A", "An" & "The" are the main ones. "An" is used to replace "A" when the word it goes before begins with a vowel. e.g. AN orange - not a orange, because "orange" begins with a vowel.

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Osnakezz

Note, that with 'before a vowel', they mean what is actually said, not what is written. It can also depend on which variety of English you use.

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviPolasak

Or if it makes a vowel sound, like "Hour" "an hour" and not "a a hour".

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Thank you :)

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

True.

American English says "An herb". The H in "herb" isn't pronounced.

British English says "a herb". The H is pronounced.

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Thank you :)

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Thank you :)

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Thank you :)

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

If the English word starts with a vowel sound then use "an". Ignore the starting letter pay attention to the sound.

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Thank you :)

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviPolasak

Exactly, an Xray and not A Xray, because it makes an "eh" sound first :P

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

That's how you pronounce it?! Haha, I thought it looked strange at first "ksray"

February 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rumnraisin

I ran a search for efl using the english definite and indefinite articles and these were some of the top results:

http://www.learn-english-today.com/lessons/lesson_contents/grammar/a_an_the.html

http://www.englishisapieceofcake.com/definite-article.html

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-articles.php

http://esl.about.com/od/thebasics/a/a_an_the.htm

http://linguapress.com/grammar/article-in-english.htm

http://teachers.onlineenglishexpert.com/esl-grammar-definite-indefinite-and-no-article-in-english/

They address the question of when (and when not) to use the definite and indefinite articles, or no articles at all. Some of them seem concise, others look deeper into the complexities.

I hope one or another of these can help you.

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelarusianBulgar

Thank you so much!!!

February 27, 2017
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