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The misuse of the and a is very common. Here are the basic rules for the use and omission of articles.

Proper nouns (e.g. John, Alice and India) do not take articles.

A singular common noun (e.g. boy, cat, tree, book, apple etc.) must have an article.

A plural common noun cannot be used with the article a. It is usually used with no article, though some is sometimes used before it.

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Remember that a noun can be common in one sentence and proper in another sentence.

A superlative adjective is usually used with the.

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