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Articles and nouns
For every noun you speak or write, you need to use grammar to communicate one of the meanings in the ‘meaning’ column in the table below.When you’re trying to decide which article to use, and whether or not to add ‘s’, you must first of all decide:
- What meaning do I want to communicate?
- Is the noun countable or uncountable?
- If it’s countable is it singular or plural?
Then you can choose an article and add ‘s’ accordingly.
|countable||all of them everywhere||add ‘s’|
|one of many1||a(n)||add ‘s’|
|this one exactly2||the||the + add ‘s’|
|uncountable||all of it everywhere||no article|
|some of much||no article3|
- Plural: ‘some of many’ – often with a different determiner, for example ‘several’, ‘various’, ‘certain’, ‘a number of’
- Plural: ‘these exactly’
- A determiner other than an article might be appropriate, for example ‘some’.