Usage of an articles "a" and "the".....


Can you please explain me the correct usage of articles?

asked Jul 27 '11 at 14:51 pooja New member

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A (or 'an') = indefinite article


The = definite article 


A hat = any hat, it doesn't matter which one. It can get quite specific, without referring to exactly one hat.


A small green hat with feathers could be lime green with ostrich feathers or moss green with chicken feathers. 


The hat = this specific hat I am wearing on my head. (And happens to be emerald green with peacock feathers.)

link comment answered Jul 27 '11 at 16:23 Siân Harris Expert

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