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    "a" and "the" as adjectives.

    According to the Oxford Children's Dictionary, "A" and "The" are considered adjectives.
    I find this hard to explain. Can you tell me in what way can they be considered adjectives?

    Sincerely, B.Beaven.

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    Re: "a" and "the" as adjectives.

    [QUOTE=bernardbeaven;641963]According to the Oxford Children's Dictionary, "A" and "The" are considered adjectives.
    I find this hard to explain. Can you tell me in what way can they be considered adjectives?

    Sincerely, B.Beaven.

    ********** NOT a teacher **********

    Hello, B. Beaven.

    (1) What a great question.

    (2) I am an old man who learned the 8 traditional parts of speech:

    verb
    adverb
    noun
    pronoun
    adjective
    preposition
    conjunction
    interjection

    (3) The articles are obviously none of them, so for the sake of

    simplicity they are classified as adjectives -- for they do, in a

    sense, modify the following noun:

    You cannot say Man called me on the phone. You need to say:

    A man called .... You can understand why the grammar books

    would decide to label it as a so-called adjective -- maybe because of its

    position.

    (4) If you are following the newer grammar books, it is labeled -- I

    believe -- a determiner.

    THANK YOU

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