Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Jan 2019
    • Posts: 34
    #1

    Question It was a/the beautiful car.

    I have trouble with understanding the articles a little bit.
    How do I know when to use indefinite or definite article before an adjective?
    For example:

    It was a beautiful car.
    It was the beautiful car.

  2. jutfrank's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 8,043
    #2

    Re: Articles

    That's not the right question, because adjectives are irrelevant to which type of article you need.

    I suggest you find a resource from which you can learn about the basics of article usage.

  3. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Jan 2019
    • Posts: 34
    #3

    Re: Articles

    I know the basics, but why do people keep saying stuff like "That's a nice car"(For example) if they are talking about the specific thing?

  4. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 15,519
    #4

    Re: Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Dzidzi View Post
    I know the basics, but why do people keep saying stuff like "That's a nice car"for example) if they are talking about a specific thing?
    I don't know. (But maybe somebody has an explanation.)
    Not a professional teacher

  5. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 14,248
    #5

    Re: Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Dzidzi View Post
    I know the basics, but why do people keep saying stuff like "That's a nice car"(For example) if they are talking about the specific thing?
    – What is that?
    – It's a car.
    – What sort of car?
    – A nice one. It's a nice car.
    I am not a teacher.

  6. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Mar 2016
    • Posts: 911
    #6

    Re: Articles

    You're walking along the street, and a car passes you. It's really fancy and expensive. You mention to your friend, "Hey, that's a nice car" and you start talking about that particular car. Some hours later, and you're in a different part of the city. The same car passes by. "Hey, there's the nice car!" you say.

    "the" is used with something already known and discussed.
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

  7. jutfrank's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 8,043
    #7

    Re: Articles

    One way to understand the use of the indefinite article here is this:

    That's a nice car. = That specific car falls into the general class of 'nice cars'.

  8. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 28,205
    #8

    Re: It was a/the beautiful car.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

  9. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Serbian
      • Home Country:
      • Serbia
      • Current Location:
      • Serbia

    • Join Date: Jan 2019
    • Posts: 34
    #9

    Re: It was a/the beautiful car.

    I heard a native speaker saying "I need advice" . Why didn't he use any article if the word "advice" is countable?

  10. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 28,205
    #10

    Re: It was a/the beautiful car.

    The word 'advice' is actually uncountable.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •