Article Errors

A, an, and the are articles, which along with pronouns, are words that signal the approach of a noun. For example:

If the noun that follows the article begins with a consonant sound, you should use the article a:

On the other hand, if the noun or its modifier begins with a vowel sound, you should use the article an:

A or an can mean "any one" or "one among many." Certain things are not counted. Words that refer to food and drink (bacon, milk) do not take a or an unless a quantity is indicated (a pound of bacon, a quart of milk). Abstract nouns (anger, beauty, love, poverty, employment) usually do not take a or an before them.

The is called a definite article because it refers to a specific person, thing, or idea that is being referred to. For example:

More than 125 students are members of the marching band. The best trumpet player is a girl named Cecilia who has been playing since she was eight years old.