American Use of Articles - Page 1
|Noun Type||a/an||the||No Article|
|Singular Countable Nouns||
We saw a cat.
We saw an egg.
We saw the cat.
We saw the egg.
|Plural Countable Nouns||Not permitted||We saw the cats.||We saw cats.|
|Uncountable Nouns||Not permitted||We saw the water.||We saw water.|
Countable nouns are things you can count such as cats, boys, books, and etc. Uncountable nouns are things that cannot be counted such as water, air and formerly things such as salt, pepper, coffee etc.
Singular countable nouns must have an "a" or "an" or a delimiter such as "my" or "this."
Many uncountable nouns have recently become countable such as "coffee",
"beer", "coke", "sugar" and others.
In choosing "a" or "an" consider the sound (not the spelling) of the