The computer is broken.
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The "The" is used in front of the noun of the sentence. "The" is specific. When using the, you are talking about an exact subject. "The" is not general.

1. The dog is eating.

2. The Statue of Liberty is green.

A "A" is used in front of the noun in the sentence. "A" is general. "A" means everyone or everything, not just a specific person or thing.

1. A dog has 4 legs.

2. A man has a nose.


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Noncount Nouns

When Noncount Nouns are the subject of the sentence, and they are saying a generalization (not specific). Do not use “the” or "A" in front of the noun.

Incorrect: The apples are red.

Correct: Apples are red.
The and Noncount Nouns If you are being specific, then use “the” in front of the noun.

Incorrect:  Apples are red.

Correct: The apples are red.

A/An If the first letter of the noun starts with a vowel, use "an". If the first letter of the noun starts with a consonant use a.

1. An apple

2. An office

3. A desk

4. A book


Note:

It’s always important to tell the listener or reader how many of the noun, you mean. Whether you use A, the, several, few, a couple, etc, always tell how many.

1. An Apple

2. Apple(s)

3. Several apples

4. A few apples

5. The apple

The copy machine is broken.
The copy machine needs a new ink cartridge.
 
 
Exercise
Choose the correct article for each sentence. The first sentence has been completed for you. English Logic will put a checkmark ) next to your correct answers.
1.
Question: Do you have money you owe me?
    Answer: Yes, you can.
2.
Question: Do you have pencil?
    Answer: Yes, I do.
3.
Question: Do you have idea?
    Answer: Yes, I absolutely do.
4.
Question: Do you have soda?
    Answer: Yes, I do.
5.
Question: Do you have dog?
    Answer: Yes, I do.
6.
Question: Does she work in office?
    Answer: Yes, she does.
7.
Question: Is he orphan?
    Answer: No, he isn't.
8.
Question: Do you have pencil?
    Answer: No, I don't have a pencil.
9.
Question: Do you have book you borrowed?
    Answer: Yes, I have a book
10.
Question: Can I have money you owe me?
    Answer: Yes, you can.


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