Singular vs Plural Nouns with Articles
1: We use plural nouns when we
talk about more than one item. We add an (s) to the
- I have many books.
- I don't have a history book.
- I have a cat and two dogs.
2: We use the article a and an before a singular noun for an
item that is not specific to the listener.
- I have an old computer.
- She has a nice house.
- I have a big kitchen.
- I don't have an umbrella.
3: Once the listener knows about
the item, we use the article the instead of a or an in future references.
- To make an omelet, crack an egg. Then whisk the egg.
- Then get a pan. Cook the egg in the pan.
- Then get a plate. Put the egg on the plate.
- Then get a fork. Use the fork to eat the omelet.
4: When we talk about items in
general, use the plural form, often without the
- Books are important.
- Do you like apples?
- Everybody needs friends.
- I don't like watching movies.
5: We use the article the before plural nouns when we refer to a specific group
- I bought the books you asked
- The streets in my town are very
- I love the cookies my mother
- The students in my class like to