In English there are three articles: a , an , and the. Articles are used before nouns or noun equivalents and are a type of adjective. The definite article the is used before a noun to indicate that the identity of the noun is known to the reader. The indefinite article a , an is used before a noun that is general or when its identity is not known.
The definite article: 'the'
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An article is any member of a class of dedicated words that are used with noun phrases to mark the identifiability of the referents of the noun phrases. The category of articles constitutes a part of speech. Articles typically specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun phrase, but in many languages, they carry additional grammatical information such as gender , number , and case. Articles are part of a broader category called determiners , which also include demonstratives , possessive determiners , and quantifiers. In linguistic interlinear glossing , articles are abbreviated as ART. A definite article is an article that marks a definite noun phrase. Definite articles such as English the are used to refer to a particular member of a group or class.
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