Step 1: Look at the noun in your sentence.
Step 2: Ask yourself:
Am I talking about a particular thing?
For example: The candy I am holding is for you.
Explained: There is one candy in your hand.
Is it one of many things?
For example: Can you get me a candy?
Explained: There is a bowl of candy, and the person only wants one candy (one of many candies).
Or, am I talking about all of the things?
For example: Please bring me the candy.
Explained: There is a bowl of candy, and the person wants you to bring the bowl over.
Step 3: Is your noun singular, plural, a non-count, or a proper noun?
What is a non-count noun? It is a noun you can’t count.
For example, you cannot count the weather, soccer, or pain.
Step 4: You can now find the article that you need to use before the noun. Yay!
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