Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Correct English Grammar: Articles, A, AN, THE

The small words, The, A and An are called Articles. There are certain points where they are or are not used. An is used with words beginning a vowel sound and A is used the otherwise. There are many common errors associated with them.

Common English Rules: Articles

1.      THE  is used with all singular count nouns.
2.      THE  is not used in expressions which generalize things or people.
3.      THE  is not normally used with proper nouns or if a common noun is used in a general sense.
4.      Before holy books, nationalities, seas, nations and superlative adjectives, THE is used.

1
Incorrect
Correct

1.      This is very good school .
2.      He is an European.
3.      I want an one-way ticket.
4.      This is an university.
5.      He wants to be an historian.
6.      The man is a social animal.
7.      The books are very expensive.
8.      The roads are broken.
9.      Is there bank near here?
      Yes. Where’s a bank?
10. He is a student and a teacher.
11.  There are a black and white dog in the park.
12.  City of Lahore is very famous.

13.  The children are innocent.
14.  I gave the shopkeeper hundred rupees.
15.  I like the music.
16.  The mathematics is easy.
17.  What strange man you are!

This is a very good school.
He is a European.
I want a one-way ticket.
This is a university.
He wants to be a historian.
Man is a social animal.
Books are very expensive.
Roads are broken.
Is there a bank near here?
Yes. Where’s the bank?
He is a student and teacher.
There are a black and a white dog in the park.
The city of Lahore is very famous.
Children are innocent.
I gave the shopkeeper a hundred rupees.
I like music.
 Mathematics is easy.
What a strange man you are!

2
Incorrect
Correct

1.      Very few people know art of living.
2.      The Ali is coming to the party.
3.      He lives in the Pakistan.
4.      I speaks the French very well.
5.      The Lahore is a very good city.
6.      The man is great.
7.      I am having the lunch.
8.      A: Where’s the Umer chowk? B:  Near Kodak.


Very few people know the art of living.
Ali is coming to the party.
He lives in Pakistan.
I speak French very well.
Lahore is a very good city.
Man is great.
I am having lunch.
A: Where’s Umer chowk?
B:  Near Kodak. (a company)

3
Incorrect
Correct

1.      I recite Holy Qur’an daily.

2.      There are many stars in sky and on ground.
3.      He is same man as I was talking about.
4.      He is tallest boy in world.

5.      Poors are very innocent.
6.      Who are Chinese?
7.      They love playing piano.
8.      Good readers read news.
9.      Indus is the longest river in Pakistan.
10.  Maldives and Philippines are beautiful.
11.  Where is Arabian Sea?
12.  English are patriotic.
13.  Himalayas are touching the sky.

14.  Muslims should unite.

I recite the Holy Qur’an daily.
There are many stars in the sky and on the ground.
He is the same man as I was talking about.
He is the tallest boy in the world.
The poor are very innocent.
Who are the Chinese?
They love playing the piano.
Good readers read the news.
The Indus is the longest river in Pakistan.
The Maldives and the Philippines are beautiful.
Where is the Arabian Sea?
The English are patriotic.
The Himalayas are touching the sky.
The Muslims should unite.

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