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English Grammar - Articles - How to use A, AN, THE

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http://www.engVid.com/ This English lesson teaches you how to use 'a', 'an', and 'the' correctly. Many English students make mistakes with these simple words (articles), so make sure you learn how to use them correctly.
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شذى علي (2 days ago)
Thanks for this lesson u help me alot.. In my school I could not comprehension very well
Neeraj Meena (21 days ago)
Make some vocabulary section
Luz Ma. Mancilla (1 month ago)
Right today I found you, it's great, thanks :)
Arnav Kumar (1 month ago)
Sir, I feel that "yee" and "ee" sounds the same. For example "year" and "ear" sounds me the same. Please clear the a year / an year controversy.
محمد الحربي (1 month ago)
Thank you mr James
Mohammed Noushir (2 months ago)
I'm still confused about the article "An". Why is it said "A University" instead of "An University"? Because you said that "An" is used for vowel letters but here the first letter of "University" is U and U is an article but why shouldn't we say "An University?
oOGonzaOo7 (2 months ago)
Why is it correct to say "We'll go to the beach in half an hour" but not "We'll go to the beach in a half hour".
Vladimir (3 months ago)
the best teacher ever ! thanks, take care
Vika Mamina (4 months ago)
Thank dear! U’re really cool!
Uğur Gümüş (6 months ago)
adamın dibisin You are in front of man
Aj Kumar (9 months ago)
I love it, thanks a lot
TURNER GRACE KING (10 months ago)
please use a different pen i can not read it an Anna Rykhalskaya
TURNER GRACE KING (10 months ago)
you are right
Tomiris Almanova (11 months ago)
You're fantastic!
Iqbal Khan (11 months ago)
Hello, James! Thank you for all things stat you are doing! Your videos are really great, it helps me improve my English like an expensive private lessons.
sara channel (11 months ago)
hi I can said I went to a hospital because all time I said I went to the hospital which one is correct mean (if he doesn't knows which hospital )
rebaz omer (1 year ago)
Good lesson i understood you perfectly
Kirill Pavlyukevich (1 year ago)
Hello, James! Thank you for all things stat you are doing! Your videos are really great, it helps me improve my English like an expensive private lessons. And it always pleasant to see how the quality of your videos ( production and so on) are improving. I guess that you are super busy, but I think that it is a good idea to reshoot some old essential videos ( like that, for example) to make your content little better ( if it is possible) kind regards! And thank you one more time for your work.
elizabeth araya (1 year ago)
omg, this man teach me to understand when somebody speaks me in english!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Germanovich (1 year ago)
I have an apple this is a laptop lol
Abdul Rehman (1 year ago)
What he was saying about " University and European" ? I didn't get his words. Which article we have to use with these two words ? a or an Kindly help me out in this query...
Patrick Gomes (1 year ago)
We use AN with words that begin with vowels and A with words that begin with consonants. We'll use AN with European and University. Example: An European boy has began to study in an university in the south of New York.
faryal basheer (1 year ago)
thankyou 😇😇🤗🤗🤗
Skul (1 year ago)
1:48 http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/a why I hear sound "ʌ" instead "eɪ"?
Cristine Mackenzie (1 year ago)
I'm confused " A University " or " The University? please help
Anand kumar (1 year ago)
when you are mentioning it first time it must be 'A' but mentioning again use 'The'. eg: I went to a university.The university had a very large campus.
ZE KENZY (1 year ago)
thank your lesson
Anna Rykhalskaya (1 year ago)
James, looks like you made a mistake. Talking about "the", you wrote on the whiteboard "everyone know what you YOUR instead YOU`RE talking about".
Cool-Hacker Studio (1 year ago)
There's no mistake because talking is gerund.
Admin-i strator (1 year ago)
Sinikka Varonen (1 year ago)
Please can you use a better pen , the text is very unclear
Nora Goodman (1 year ago)
Thank you, I shared it in my English group
Javkhlan Batsaikhan (1 year ago)
Thank you. Do you have a video for tenses ? Please
Coca Cola (1 year ago)
i have a pen i have an apple.....
Vadim Emyurbekov (1 year ago)
A good job)
Andrey Lapkin (1 year ago)
MR HIDDEN (1 year ago)
This is for a native speakers or what ?!
MR HIDDEN (1 year ago)
How can I understand that when I cannot think !!?
MR HIDDEN (1 year ago)
damn it
you are the best teacher ever =))!
kassım muhıdıın (1 year ago)
Can we use the when talking about east, west something like that
Autonomous (1 year ago)
where is the quiz link ??
MegaBradypus (1 year ago)
no quiz to this lesson
Monira Yusuf (2 years ago)
I like the way you teach .. very existing and funny ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Marina Johnson (2 years ago)
Hi James. Thank you for the lesson James. I'm Michael Johnson. (I'm not Marina. This is my wrong name.)
mahmoud hussein (2 years ago)
Chad Andrews (2 years ago)
Hi James, I am an native English speaker- but I love the lessons, because I realize how little I know of explaining English grammar. This topic is still challenging. We could say use an article when you can count something like: a dog (one dog, two dogs etc ) How about the word "weather" "The weather is nice today" That sounds right. but "one weather, two weathers " doesn't sound right. Or should we say "Weather is nice today" maybe, but never "A weather is nice today."
Byron Lopez (1 year ago)
Thank you for this, I had this doubt and I read your text and I understood how I can use it. Have a great day.
sun joo (2 years ago)
good lesson think you.
bacha mohamed (2 years ago)
a an the this is a perfect lesson yes , an extraordinary one thank you for the great opportunity to learn from you
Cro Wolf (2 years ago)
Omg that squeeky sound
When we don't use articles at all?
Ahmad Elsir (1 year ago)
+PDG sure
DooDz (1 year ago)
Ahmad Elsir hey can we talk
Chad Andrews (2 years ago)
+Александр Поляков : see this website: http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/grammar-when-not-to-use-the-definite-article/
Ahmad Elsir (2 years ago)
+Александр Поляков there are three cases : 1- when you talk about something unique 2- when you talk about something uncountable 3- when it preceded by proposition
Peace Walker (3 years ago)
At 8:27 when he says, "I knew it was *a* good lesson," but why isn't it, "I knew it was *the* good lesson?" If "a" is general and "the" is specific, logically, this specific lesson that we just shared together is definite: "the lesson." So why isn't it, "I knew it was *the* good lesson?"
Elle Meme (2 years ago)
+Peace Walker  Even if we know about what lesson he's talking about, it's still general because "the articles lesson" falls under the general notion of "lesson" which could be any other lesson.
itsJaeger (2 years ago)
+Peace Walker honestly i cant quite put my finger on why, but it should be "the lesson was good" if you want to use "the" and "lesson" :) i think the reason its general is "a" lesson, is one out of many lessons. ?
KomsKala Kangeman (3 years ago)
thnaks bro, learing somthing   here bro
The Holy Quran (3 years ago)
thank you very much    I testify that there is no god but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. O Allah, bless Muhammad and his family as You blessed Ibrahim and his family. You are the Most-Praised, The Most-glorious. O Allah, bestow Your grace on Muhammad and his family as Your bestowed it on Ibrahim and his family. You are the Most praised,
srujan vedula (3 months ago)
The Holy Quran 😂😂😂
ScarsdaleNewYork (3 years ago)
Is it a university student or an university student?
Kenny plays (3 years ago)
omg lol
Learning from the basics. Great lesson.
T K (3 years ago)
My question is..., the "THE" can be used to plural objects, am I wrong about this?
I LOVE JIMMY STEWART (3 years ago)
Yes it can be used in that way too like the things,the objects,the goons..
Ty Bennett (3 years ago)
when u wrote "your" it was supposed to be "you're"
faryal basheer (1 year ago)
Ty Bennett it wAs a mistake😑😑😑
ТАХМИНА (1 year ago)
then IS is missing? I know what your talking IS about? Pls correct me if I am wrong...
kamil hajiyev (1 year ago)
no. in this case "talking" is gerund
hoai phuong le thi (3 years ago)
thanks. that's help me a lots
Jonah Stooksbury (3 years ago)
It doesn't really matter but the flyers are a hockey team.  The baseball team is the Phillies.
pearly y (3 years ago)
Sir or anyone plz help me to figure out this, why we should say : "He is a good student" though they are know who we talking about .. I'm so confused of this matter , thanks
antonymous being (2 years ago)
I disagree. I guess the reason is that 'a good student' is an idea, i.d. general thing like goodness. So we can say: the student is a good student. am i wrong?
I LOVE JIMMY STEWART (3 years ago)
And when u say 'he is a good student' you r saying it because u really think he is a good student but it does't mean that other students have the same thinking for that particular student..so that's why we use a..
I LOVE JIMMY STEWART (3 years ago)
That is because when u say about someone that he is a good boy or she is a nice girl that does't necessarily mean that the other person to whom u r talking about him/her is aware of his/her traits..u r not 100% sure if he knows that already or not and that's why we say he is a good boy instead of he is the good boy...
masa emily (3 years ago)
pearly y (3 years ago)
Thank you sir
Thank you very much. These videos are cool way to learn English. Sorry for my English)
Harshal Gunjal (3 years ago)
at 6:00 it is "you" it should be "you're"
Degny Sophia (3 years ago)
Why James used A when he said 'I know it was A good lesson'? althogh everyone knows what lesson he talking abount?
BallsOfSteelRocks (3 years ago)
Usually when the is an adjective preceding a noun ( we describe a quality of something ) we should put a/an. Something like a good lesson, a gorgeous chick, a muddy street a stupid blog
Stephen Boswell (4 years ago)
very clearly explained. thanks
Nima Lama (4 years ago)
I need a specific help on using "the". Still confuse on where and how to look when it comes to Vowel and consonant! It would really appreciate it  if you can help me on this issue :)
Hanouf B. (4 years ago)
👍👍👍 u r cool teacher
Edmons Gruduls (3 years ago)
u r A good teacher
claraur (4 years ago)
Hi James, I´m an english teacher and I have learned of you to make the classes nothing complicated,  make them easy and with enthusiam. Thanks!!!
RAFFY DADALE (4 years ago)
Thanks James...Please tell me what is the wrong in the sentence.  1.  " The cricket ball pierced the window" 2. what does it mean when I say: I don't feel like going to the movie and I don't like going to the movie? I hope you can help me on this matter.
Teacher, I knew how to use the rule about articles but it was in my Spanish language, now  I rememberd everything about it but in English thanks to you teacher.
Izabela Franco (4 years ago)
Thank you! I am really a smart person!! ;)
shashank wadal (4 years ago)
nyc 1 good 2 understand !!!!!!! thax 4 ur guidance .
IronBroadsword1 (4 years ago)
I thought 'an' has to come before any word starting with 'h' as well, is this correct?
Fabio Costa (4 years ago)
thank you so much for this.
gaurav singh (4 years ago)
we have selected academics from range of subjects to discuss top ten things that student must avoid during exams . can u correct the above sentence and xplain  too??? thanks in advance
It seems to me that you are missing a few words in that sentence. Is it not 'We have selected academics from A range of subjects to discuss THE top ten things that studentS must avoid during exams'
gaurav singh (4 years ago)
I drove there with Larry Squire, a neuroscientist and memory researcher at the University of California why do not we use "a" article before "memory resarcher"" in the above given sentence
ImpactBusinessBlog (4 years ago)
It is wrong to say 'The' can only be used with singular nouns.  To suggest that people can't talk about THE English lessons that you teach with THE video clips that you have posted to Youtube is misleading.
thank you from Spain
Anji Pavuluri (4 years ago)
really good video
Nizam Uddin (4 years ago)
Thank you James. Can you please further explain about the article, especially THE where not to use?. I will really appreciate your efforts and time. Thank you
Kam Kam (4 years ago)
i need more explanation about the articles
Seol Cho (4 years ago)
Thank you so much for this!
Chriss Kote (4 years ago)
its very help full to me sir thanku
007MrJason (4 years ago)
Yeah!!! Yeah!!! I undestand your english, es decir, entiendo tu inglés, voy mejorando, gracias profesor, le regalaría la manzanita y todo xD
Menas Yousif (4 years ago)
u r a wonderful teacher, you maket the toughest lessons so easy thanx a lot
SoundTrigger (4 years ago)
"what YOUR talking" (5:37) - seriously?
Duo Vultus (4 years ago)
Your'e so goddamn better than my university teacher !!! Thanks.
Hai Uyen Truong (4 years ago)
because it's /ˌjʊə.rəˈpiː.ən/, start wt /ˌjʊ/ not "e"
Fitzgerald Yulo (4 years ago)
sir, Thank you so much! can you help me or atleast give me hints how to answer exams with paragraph comprehension and organization?? do you have a video with this kind of topic?? much appreciated if you can help me with this. thank you and more power!
Jung Min Haynes (4 years ago)
You are a great teacher. Fun to listen and easy to follow. Thanks.
Drake The Human (4 years ago)
The Philadelphia Flyers are an american HOCKEY team
Rayner Gomes (4 years ago)
You are really teacher. Nice.
Slaughterthatguy (5 years ago)
You are a great teacher. I think, i will improve my English because of you. God bless you.
ThemaNr483 (5 years ago)
It is "A European" because the sound of "Eu" sounds like it starts with a consonant, the letter Y. Same goes with the word, "University," because it sounds like it starts with the consonant letter Y. Saying "An European" or "An university" does not sound right, although they do start with a vowel, the sounds they create make the article for them change.
beah Mac (5 years ago)
Joscelyn (5 years ago)
You are teaching me grammar with your "your" instead of you're???
Crazy Philly (5 years ago)
thanks much excellent teacher
Ener Gil (5 years ago)
When he first wrote "Everyone knows what your talking about" I start thinking he was stupid and writing wrong, think that it was supposed to be you're, but then I realized. LOL Feeling stupid now
there wasn't anything about zero article...
Farah03 (5 years ago)
Thanks a lot for THE lesson . you are A good teacher =)
Rafael Castillo (5 years ago)
youhave a cuban, learnig your lession
RenouncedSpirit (5 years ago)
Thanks for the lesson) I come from Russia and I have problems with speech, of course with this articles too, but you have helped me, thank you))
afsgdgd (5 years ago)
there is one more thing Mr James didn't mention about - AN hour :3
norly archbold (5 years ago)
Thanks a lot!
Fernando Monteiro (5 years ago)
Helping me a lot. Thanks.

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