Monday, April 1, 2013
Wordworking: A is for Articles
The easy choice for A would have been adverbs. They're those pesky words modifying verbs (adjectives, other adverbs, clauses, and entire sentences) that usually end in ly. But in the writing world, we know not to use them. (watch out for just, already, and even)
So I'm not talking about adverbs, action verbs, or apostrophes.
Today our focus is... drumroll please.....
Articles. Why would Robin choose such a minor subject? Because last month my 3rd grader asked me what an article was and I had to look it up. I want to be smarter than my 3rd grader, and I hope you do too.
An article is an adjective that tells us a noun is coming. There are only three of them, so if you're learning grammar along with me, today shouldn't be too stressful:D
The three articles are a, an, and the.
A and an are indefinite articles, meaning they're not referring to a specific thing.
A (comes before a noun starting with a consonant sound)
An (comes before a noun starting with a vowel sound)
The is a definite article, meaning it refers to a specific thing.
Jules wanted a jacket. (it could be any jacket)
Jules wanted the jacket with the purple sparkling rainbows and the fur around the collar. (it's a specific jacket)
If I got anything wrong, feel free to correct me in the comments. Can you guess what part of grammar I'll focus on tomorrow? Are you doing the A to Z challenge? Let me know and I'll come check it out.