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  • Title:Common writing errors by non-native speakers of English #4: The Omission or Misuse of Articles
  • News Date:2015-09-03

There is almost no easier way to make your English sound foreign or “non-native” than to misuse articles in speech or writing. Unfortunately, for many Chinese speakers, articles are not only often omitted, but at times mixed up, or used when they are not required.

What is the difference between the definite article and indefinite article? One simple definition would be: A definite article is used in front of specific nouns, while the indefinite article is used to modify general, non-specific nouns. For example, if I say “I want the book for Christmas” the definite article ‘the’ points to the fact that I want a very specific book.

There are also dozens of rules regarding where you can or can not use the definite article. Confused yet? Don’t worry, articles and their use are confusing for even native speakers, but with a little practice you can get the general rules down.

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