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    The words a, an, and the are generally called articles and sometimes classed as a separate part of speech. In function, however, they can be grouped with the demonstrative adjectives that are used to point things out rather than describe them.

    Definite Article
    The is called the definite article because it points out a particular object or class.
    This is the book I was talking about.
    The dodo bird is extinct.

    Indefinite Article
    A is called the indefinite article because it points out an object, but not any particular specimen.
    a book, a dog, a lawn mower

    The indefinite article has two forms:
    A is used before words beginning with a consonant sound or an aspirated h:
    a car, a lamb, a hope, a habit, a hotel

    An is used before words beginning with a vowel sound:
    an ape, an image, an untruth, an honorable man

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Informer View Post
    The words a, an, and the are generally called articles and sometimes classed as a separate part of speech. In function, however, they can be grouped with the demonstrative adjectives that are used to point things out rather than describe them.

    Definite Article
    The is called the definite article because it points out a particular object or class.
    This is the book I was talking about.
    The dodo bird is extinct.

    Indefinite Article
    A is called the indefinite article because it points out an object, but not any particular specimen.
    a book, a dog, a lawn mower

    The indefinite article has two forms:
    A is used before words beginning with a consonant sound or an aspirated h:
    a car, a lamb, a hope, a habit, a hotel

    An is used before words beginning with a vowel sound:
    an ape, an image, an untruth, an honorable man
    I like this. I just decided to comsider being a teacher cuz its hard to break into higher pay jobs at my hospital without links....so thank you Informer for all ur posts on grammar


    all go to the same place ;all come from dust and to the dust all return. who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?
    ecclesiastes 3:20-21 :-x

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