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ELC Study Zone: Adjectives and Adverbs
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English Language contains 8 parts of speech (noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections).
Why Articles (a, an, the) are not a part of it?
I was asked this question by one of my students and I had no satisfactory answer to it, expect that the articles are a type of adjectives as they modify nouns.
Can anybody provide a better explanation?
You could think of a/an and the as determiners which describe nouns. A special type of adjective... "A/an" usually refers to one "thing or event", while "the" can refer to one or more things or events but it refers to them specifically.
I want to test drive a(1) car today. or.. I want to test drive(many or some) cars today.
The car must be fuel efficient. or.. The cars must be fuel efficient. Specifically, a car or cars which I want to test drive must be fuel efficient.
I hope this helps!
Last edited by redcrows; 15-Sep-2009 at 03:14. Reason: clarity