The use of articles can be quite confusing. There are a few basic rules that should be kept in mind while using articles. These rules can help to reduce article mistakes. Here are 10 important rules while using articles in English.
Use A or AN for non-specific nouns
Example: An instrument, A Book
Use A before a consonant sound
Example: A Dog, A Car, A Big Screen
Use An before a vowel sound
Example: An Epic Story, An Honest Man, An orange
Do not use articles with places and nationalities
Example: They are Spanish, They travelled to Canada.
Use THE for specific individual nouns
Example: The US president, The bus you take to work.
Use the correct format with adjectives
Example: Article+ adjective + noun, A Big House
Using THE for specific uncountable nouns
Example: The best, The Music
Use THE with grouped place names
Example: The United States, The Republic of Congo
Do not use articles with abstract ideas
Do not use A and AN with uncountable nouns
Example: Love, Music