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It is often difficult to decide whether an English noun needs an article before it, and, if so, which
article (a/an/the) to use. The main things to consider when choosing an article are whether or not
the noun is countable, and whether it is definite. Countability means that the noun can be made
plural, e.g. book/books. This is something you can check in a learner’s dictionary of English.
Whether a noun is definite or indefinite depends on whether you and your reader or listener both
know what you are referring to. The following pages give you some guidelines on what makes a
noun countable and/or definite. Much of the information is based on the work of Master (1986) and
Swales and Feak (1994).