Uses of determiners ‘A, An, The’ | Articles A, An, The | Determiners exercise in 2020

Uses of determiners ‘A, An, The’ | Articles A, An, The | Determiners exercise in 2020

Uses of determiners ‘A’, ‘An’ ‘The’ | Articles A, An, The| Determiner Exercise:-

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Uses of determiners- A, An, The

Before explaining about ‘Uses of determiners ‘A, An, The’, Articles A, An, The,  Determiner exercise’, you should know what is a determiner.

What is a determiner?

A determiner is a word that decides, limits, or determines a noun it follows. It has mainly three functions:-

Uses of determiners

1- It introduces nouns.

2- It determines nouns.

3- It states whether a noun is specific or general.

Determiner is always used before a noun as its limits, determines or decides a noun. ‘Determiner’ is a word that is made up of a verb ‘determine’ so, it itself tells about its quality.

There are various determiners like; A, An, The, Some, Many, Many, Much, Each, Every, Few, A few, The few, Little, A Little, The Little, This, That, These, Those, My, Your, His, One, Thirty, etc. 

Note– These different determiners are divided into four types.

In this article, we will discuss about determiners- A, An, and The whereas in the other article, you will learn about other types of determiners.

Types of determiners

There are four main types of determiners. These four types are:-

  1. Article 
  2. Demonstrative determiners
  3. Possessive determiners
  4. Quantifiers

Article: It refers to whether the noun is specific or general. ‘A, An, The’ are three articles.

Demonstrative determiners: It tells the position of an object. ‘This, That, These, Those‘ are examples of demonstrative determiners.

Possessive determiners: It is used to show possession or ownership. ‘His, Your, My‘ are possessive determiners.

Quantifiers: It modifies a noun. It adds something in the meaning of nouns. ‘Some, Any, Few, Little‘ are quantifiers.

Types of determiners
Types of determiners


In this session, You will learn about the first type of determiners i.e. ARTICLES.

Articles tell about the noun whether it is specific or general. It is divided into two parts:-

1- Definite article

2- Indefinite article

The definite article: ‘The‘ is a definite article because it determines or specifies a particular person or object.

The indefinite article: ‘A’ and ‘An‘ are known as indefinite articles because they do not point to any particular person or object.

Use of articles A, An, The

Use of article A and An

We use articles A and An before a noun which is not used particularly.

Selection between article A and An

● We use the article ‘A’ before a consonant sounded word.


1- have done my graduation from a university.

2- The little bird was sitting on a tree.

3- Snehil is European.

● We use the article ‘An’ before a vowel sound word.

1- An old man was sitting inside the room.

2- Children shared an ice-cream with each-other.

3- Sneha is an Indian.

Note– For selecting an article between A or An, always go through the pronounciation of the noun which is followed by an article.

Use of indefinite article A and An

● You must use article A or An with countable Nouns.


1- I am a teacher.

2- Can you please wait for an hour?

3- Her grandmother told her an interesting story yesterday.

Countable Nouns (Click here).

● We use indefinite articles in a numerical sense.


1- They have a car.

2- She has an inkpot.

3- We have an article.

Note – When a noun is countable and refers to only one, never use number before noun. Instead of using the number, use article A or An (depends upon sound of noun).

● We use indefinite determiner in the sense of a certain. 


1- She will greet an American tomorrow.

2- He saw an airplane flying high.

3- A girl was painting in the activity room.

● We use an indefinite article when an individual is spoken of as the representative of a class.


1- A man should be humble.

2- A woman should be respectful.

3- A student should be attentive in the class.

● When we use a Proper noun as a Common Noun, we place an indefinite article before it.


1- Here is a Newton of his class.

2- She is a Mother Teresa for society.

3- He is a Shakespeare of his school.

● Indefinite article ‘A and An’ are used in some phrases.


1- The boys must have to take an interest in social work.

(Phrase- To take an interest in)

2- They are following her instructions as a rule.

(Phrase- As a rule)

3- Her mother has a lot of work to do.

(Phrase- A lot of)

Use of definite article ‘The’

● We use the definite article ‘The’  for referring a particular person or object.


1- That is the student whom I taught last year.

2- The puppy I bought is so cute.

3- The pen you gifted me writes smoothly.

● When we speak of a person or object already mentioned, we use the definite article ‘The’. In a sentence, for the first time, we use the indefinite article (A or An), and the second time for the same noun, use the definite article (The).


1- They met the poor. The poor were looking hungry.

2- She talks to an extrovert. The extrovert is helping her.

3- Mr. Narendra Modi praised a soldier. The soldier fought a battle bravely.

● We use the definite articles when a single noun represents the whole class.


1- The man is a hardworking fellow.

2- The student must be laborious.

3- The teacher must be humble.

● We use the definite article ‘The’ before names of the ocean, seas, rivers, group of Islands, names of provinces, areas, and countries (When the name suggests that they are made up of smaller units.) and before nouns which name the inhabitants of a country collectively as a community.


1- Mr. Murg is a resident of the United States of America.

2- The Ganga is a holy river.

3- The Japanese are obedient people.

● We use definite article ‘The’ before common nouns which are the only ones of their kind.


1- The Sun is a red ball of fire.

2- The sky is not pink.

3- The moon is a symbol of beauty.

● We use definite article ‘ The’ before collective nouns.


1- I enjoyed with the band of musicians.

(Collective noun- Band)

2- Her son saw the pride of lions.

(Collective noun- Pride)

3- A hungry man eats a bunch of grapes.

(Collective noun- Bunch)

● We use definite article ‘ The’ before an adjective used as apposition.


1- Napoleon, the great, was highly skilled.

2- Birbal, the wisest, was one of the nine gems in Akbar’s court.

3- Late Abdul Kalam Azad, the wise, had shown empathy towards everyone.

● We use definite article ‘ The’ before group of people, used in plural number.


1- Doctors care the sick.

2- He is a gentleman because he helps the poor.

3- We should donate money to old age home because it takes care of the old.

● We use definite article ‘The’ before an ordinal numeral.


1- She stood the first in her class.

2- He stood at the second position in his school.

3- The younger girl is the third in her family.

● We use ‘The’ before superlative degree.


1- You are the most talented person.

2- Reena is the cleverest among all her colleagues.

3- It is the hardest question to be asked.

● We use definite article ‘The’ in comparative constructions.


1- The more she gets the more she desires.

2- Preeti is the better of the two.

3- Shikha is the prettier of the two.

● Definite article ‘ The’ is used before names of holy books, newspaper, ships and trains and musical instruments.


1- The Bible is a holy book.

2- You should read The Times of India daily.

3- Once I travelled in The Rajdhani Express.

You have learnt about the uses of article A, An, The. Now, it’s time to solve some practice set. 

Let’s know your understanding.

Determiners exercise
Determiners exercise


Determiners Exercises

Fill in the blanks with correct article ‘a’, ‘an, or ‘the’:-

1- _ goat is more important than _ ass.

2- She requested him to wait _ hour.

3- Mahima is not _ honest girl.

4- He saw _ gaggle of geese.

5- _ evil spirits tried to ruin him.

6- President is _ first person of India.

7- Jahnvi is _ more beautiful of _ two.

8- One day, Buddha sat under _ tree.

9- Which is _  most powerful nation in the entire world?

10- He buys _ umbrella from the shop.

Have you attempted all those 10 questions correctly? 

Well, let’s match it now!

Answers are here:-

1- A, An

2- An

3- An

4- The

5- The

6- The

7- The, The

8- A

9- The

10- An 

I hope your all ten answers are correctly filled.

Well done! 

Conclusion:- Determiners introduce, decide, or limit a noun. It is divided into four types: Articles, demonstrative determiners, possessive Determiners, and qualifiers. The article has two parts: Definite articles and Indefinite articles. ‘The’ is a definite article whereas ‘A’ and ‘An’ are Indefinite articles. 

I hope this article is useful to enhance your knowledge about Determiners, uses of determiners, types of determiners, use of articles ‘A’, ‘An, ‘The’ and selection between articles A and An. Hopefully, determiners Exercise is also helpful to you for your practice purpose.

So, this session is completed but before ending the session, I just want to inform you that in the next article, you will learn about’ Determiners examples‘ Till then, Stay happy. 

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  1. Krazy~

    I didn't know much about this topic. So, I got the chance to learn a lot today by reading this post.

  2. ashishG

    Nicely explained about the a, an and the, it reminds of schooling days. Good work

  3. Ajay Singh

    after long time this topic coverd by me thanks for share

  4. Little

    Extremely well !!

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