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Countable and uncountable nouns

Articles and countable/uncountable nouns

  • Use an article or determiner before singular countable nouns:

Use the indefinite article (a / an) the first time you use a countable noun, and the definite article (the) thereafter: I have just read a book by my favourite author. The book was very interesting.

  • Do not use indefinite articles with uncountable nouns:

There is a lot of pollution in the city.