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Articles Shortcut Rules

Friends, today we shall discuss some important rules of Articles.

Rule 1 : The indefinite article ‘A’  should be used before the word ‘Half’ when it follows a whole number.

  • I stayed in Madras for one and half years.
  • I stayed in Madras for one and a half years.
  • He spent one and half a half rupee.
  • He spent one and a half rupees.

Rule 2 : The definite article ‘THE’ should be used with a comparative adjective if the phrase ‘of the two’ is used.

  • She is better of the two sisters.
  • She is the better of the two sisters.
  • This is the best of the two books.
  • This is the better of the two books.

Rule 3 : With the names of meals such as Break fast / Lunch / Dinner / Supper, no article should be used in a general way except in particular causes.

  • I have the breakfast at 8 hrs in the morning
  • I have breakfast at 8 hrs in the morning

Rule 4 : The + Positive Adjective represent the whole class, and take a plural verb.

  • The rich is responsible for the lawlessness in the country.
  • The rich are responsible for the lawlessness in the country.

Say ‘The poor are / The young are / The old are’ etc….

Rule 5 : After Di- Transitive Verbs like Elect / Make / Appoint, articles should not be used except when they are used as Mono transitive verbs.

  •  We appointed him a chairman.
  • We appointed him chairman
  • We made him a leader
  • We made him leader.

The Govt. has appointed a Committee (mono transitive)

(As a mono transitive verb)

Rule 6 : After type of / kind of / sort of / post of / title of / rank of / articles are not used.

  • He is not that sort of a man.
  • He is not that soft of man.
  • He was promoted to the rank of a General manager.
  • He was promoted to the rank of General manager. ✔

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