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Some important points about the use of articles

Here are some important points about the use of the Articles. These will be of great help to you in using them correctly.

The Article is placed before the noun to which if belongs; as,

A horse and an ass were in the field.

But if the Noun is qualified by some Adjective, it is placed before the Adjective; as,

Alexander the Great was riding a white horse.

The lndefinite  Article comes ofter “many” and “such”; as,

It was such a tine day that many a man went to the river.

lt also comes after the Adjectives preceded by “too," “so” and “how”; as,

How great a mistake I have made!

lt is too small a house to accommodate us all.

The Definite Article is placed after  the Adjectives "all" and "both”; as,

1. All the students are in the hall.

2. Both the birds were shot dead.

When two or more Adjectives qualify the some Noun, the Article is used before the first  Adjective only; as,

I saw a black and red cow. (The cow is only one).

But if they qualify different Nouns, expressed or understood, The Article is used before each Adjective; as,

I saw a black and a red cow.  (The cows are two).

It  two or more connected Nouns refer to different persons or things, the Article is used before each; as,

The Headmaster and the inspector were sitting in the office.

ln expressing a comparison, if two Nouns refer to the some person or thing, the Article is used only before the first; as,

He is a better teacher than scholar.

But if they refer to different persons or things, the Article must be used with each Nouns; as,

He is a better teacher than a scholar (would be).

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