Connect with us

English Mentors Tips

Jen’s English Tips – General Guidelines for Using Articles




General Guidelines for Using Articles

Use THE when you know or assume that your listener is familiar with and thinking about the same specific thing/person you are talking about.

• Please hand this book to THE teacher.
• Julie is in THE kitchen.

Use THE for the second mention of an indefinite noun.

• I saw some dogs. THE dogs were chasing a cat. THE cat was chasing a mouse. THE mouse ran into a hole. THE hole was very small.

Do not use THE with a plural count noun or a non-count noun when you’re making a generalization.

• Durians are my favorite fruit. (NOT THE durians are my favorite fruit.)
• Diamond is a girl’s best friend. (NOT THE diamond is a girl’s best friend.)

THE is not used for the second mention of a generic noun. A generic noun represents a whole class of things; it is not a specific thing but rather a symbol of a whole group.

Compare these examples:

• What color is A banana? (generic noun)
• Paul offered me A banana (indefinite noun) or an apple.


Learn English on Skype

Inexpensive, Personal, Effective and Enjoyable.


Do you like studying English by yourself with a book or video? Wouldn’t you prefer to learn with a live coach who will guide you to learn faster?

With SKYPE you can learn from the comfort of your home or office. Your online coach will help you with Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Listening and Speaking. You choose where you want to learn and when you want to learn.

Why not take your first step now?
Reserve your first lesson today.
Only 116 (THB) Thai Baht per half hour.

The CTNNews editorial team comprises seasoned journalists and writers dedicated to delivering accurate, timely news coverage. They possess a deep understanding of current events, ensuring insightful analysis. With their expertise, the team crafts compelling stories that resonate with readers, keeping them informed on global happenings.

Continue Reading