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Grammar Articles Utah Valley State College Writing Center Articles modify nouns, and their presence always indicates that a noun will follow. They are located either directly before the noun or before one or more adjectives that also modify the noun. There are two indefinite articles ( a and an ) and one definite article ( the ). W HEN N OT TO U SE AN A RTICLE There are several cases in which you should not precede a noun with an article: _ Before the names of languages, sports, and fields of study _ When the noun is modified by a demonstrative pronoun (Examples: this, that, those, these, etc.) _ When the noun is modified by a possessive pronoun (Examples: my, his, her, its, their, your, etc . ) _ When the noun is modified by various other quantity words that indicate a noun will follow (Examples: all, another, each, every, many, much, some , etc . ) W HEN TO U SE AN A RTICLE Often, you can tell which article to use with a noun by answering the following questions in the order listed. To better understand this process of selecting the correct article, refer to the chart at the end of this handout. 1. P ROPER OR C OMMON N OUN ? _ A proper noun is the specific name of an individual person, place, or thing (or the specific name of several such individuals). (Examples: John, Tokyo, UVSC ) Use the before plural proper nouns . (Examples:
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