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    Unhappy Articles "a", "an" "the"

    English is my second language and eventhough I speak it fluently I still have problems using articles. Sometimes I am graded down for that. So how do I learn how to use them properly?

    Thank you,

    E.K

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    Default Re: Articles "a", "an" "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    English is my second language and eventhough I speak it fluently I still have problems using articles. Sometimes I am graded down for that. So how do I learn how to use them properly?

    Thank you,

    E.K
    It takes time.
    Reading helps.

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    macanudo is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: Articles "a", "an" "the"

    Here are the basics of 'a', 'an', and 'the':

    Using 'a' means that the listener can not guess what you are talking about.

    Using 'the' means that the listener can guess or knows what you are talking about.

    Of course, there are many exceptions to those rules. I just recently wrote an article about the basics of a, an, the articles. I use some examples and explanations of the basics. I hope it helps!

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