Correctly using and choosing the proper article is one of the biggest problems in English grammar.

■ The indefinite articles, a / an, can be used to talk about

* objects or ideas in general

* one particular person or thing, when it is mentioned for the first time, or when the reader does not know which one is meant, or when it does not matter which one.

■ The definite article, the, can be used

* when the noun is singled out as unique or specific

* when the reader already knows which particular person(s) or thing(s) etc you are talking about.

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