Have you ever noticed those small little words that appear before nouns? You know, those words that do not exist in the Croatian language and can be a pain to learn and even to remember to use. They are—a, an and the. What is the point of these words? Why do we use them? What is the difference between them? In short, the words a, an and the are articles that modify a noun. Think of them as a type of adjective used to help describe the noun.
There are two types of articles—indefinite articles and definite articles. A and an are indefinite articles, and are used when referring to something in general. While the is a definite article and is used when referring to something that is specific or particular.
As mentioned above, a is used when talking about something in general while the is used when talking about something specific. It is possible to first talk about something in general and then which to talking about something specifically.
Common expressions with no article after a preposition
Names of languages and nationalities do not have an article, unless you are referring to a population of a nation.
Often it can be hard to hear these words in regular conversations because native speakers tend to link them together with other words. For example, instead of saying, “I would like a cup of coffee,” you hear “I would like acuppa coffee.” Watch the video below for more examples of this:
We went to_a cafe.
The waiter gave me_a menu.
Zagreb has_a wonderful advent.
Here is a short quiz to test your knowledge of the articles a, an and the!
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