A, An, & The in English

Articles in English

I’m going to eat an apple.

Articles in English

I’m going to eat the red apple.

a / an general
(one of many)
I want to buy car.
He’s eating an apple.
Do you have a bike?
She is an old woman.
I’m reading a book.
the specific Tokyo is the capital of Japan.
The new Chinese restaurant is very good.
We like the blue car.
The girl in the red dress is beautiful.
I’m reading the new book by J.K. Rowling.

Use “an” if the word starts with the sound of a, e, i, o, u:

  • an apple
  • an egg
  • an ice cream shop
  • an open door
  • an umbrella

Use “a” if the word starts the sound of any other letter.

Do not use “the” with countries or cities:

  • I live in the China.
  • I live in China.

Do not use “the” with things in general:

  • She likes the pizza.
  • She likes pizza. (pizza in general)
  • She likes the pizza from Tony’s Restaurant.
    (the specific pizza from this restaurant)


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Did you talk to _____ teacher?
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_____ apartments in the city center are very small.
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Martha hates _____ vegetables.
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My father loves _____ flowers in the city park.
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Sally is _____ tallest girl in the class.
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I have _____ idea!
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Question 13
Bob has _____ great idea for a new product.
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We have _____ friend who lives in Florida.
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They're going to see ______ show at _____ theater on Main Street.
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