B1 中級 英國腔 2212 分類 收藏
開始影片後,點擊或框選字幕可以立即查詢單字
字庫載入中…
回報字幕錯誤
So another question from students...
This one is asking about articles, specifically the definite article "the."
When we use it and when we don't, specifically with plural nouns.
Thanks for the question.
Really good one and we get, asked a lot about articles.
Articles are very confusing for students because some languages don't use them, and the ones which do, don't usually have the same rules as us.
So, let's start with the easy one, the indefinite articles "a" and "an."
These are easy.
You have a singular countable noun.
You put "a" or "an" in front of the noun.
For example, one iPhone, an iPhone.
Poof, a fairy.
Why are you here, again?
You're always here ruining the lesson.
Yeah.
No one likes you.
But yeah, I suppose, I mean, you can count that.
One fairy, two fairies...
Really?
Sick.
Okay, so one fairy is a fairy.
Hello, mate.
That's your first rule.
A singular countable noun we use "a" or "an."
Another rule for the indefinite articles "a" and "an."
Remember, these are indefinite or nonspecific.
When you mention something for the first time in a story, the listener doesn't specifically know which object you're talking about, so we use that.
Again, for singular countable nouns.
For example, I met a girl yesterday.
I killed a fairy today.
Wait, what?
We use "the," the definite article, when we're talking about a specific group of something or one singular noun, which is specific and we both know which noun and we're talking about.
So for example, I killed a fairy today.
We both don't know which fairy.
In the second sentence, I'm referencing the same fairy again.
So I say, I killed a fairy today.
I killed the fairy, the fairy, because it was stupid.
I'm not dead... pretty hurt though.
That's blood, yep, I'm bleeding.
Call me an ambulance.
So that's with singular countable nouns.
We're being general, we use "a."
We're being specific, we use "the."
But your question is about plural nouns and when we use and don't use "the."
Easy, you just have to apply that logic to plural nouns.
Remember with singular nouns, we were being general we used "a."
Where we were being specific, "the."
With plural nouns, it's the same logic.
When we talk about a specific group we use "the."
Example...
Uh, let's see.
Russian people are very nice.
But the Russian people I've met...
Specific group.
The Russian people I've met are crazy.
I'm joking Russians, you're cool.
Another example: Babies are very annoying.
Babies are very annoying.
So I'm being general.
When it's a plural noun, we don't use any article.
Remember single nouns we used "a" for a general situation?
Plural nouns, we don't use any article if we're being general.
Babies are annoying.
However, the babies in my family are very cute.
I said the babies because this is a specific group of babies.
General: no article.
Specific group: the.
That's with plural nouns.
Remember again with singular nouns.
General : "a."
Specific: "the."
Plural nouns...
General : no article.
Specific : "the."
We use this one we want to indicate a specific group or a specific thing which we both understand.
Another example with babies.
Imagine you're sitting on a plane and you feel this...
The baby behind me is very annoying.
I say "the" because we both understand which baby.
I wouldn't say, for example, "A baby behind me is annoying."
No, I'm not being general.
I'm being specific.
There are many more rules with articles, and I think we'll do another one later explaining all of the rules.
But I hope that answers your question on plural nouns and when we use and don't use the definite article "the."
Bye bye.
提示:點選文章或是影片下面的字幕單字,可以直接快速翻譯喔!

載入中…

載入中…

你有用對冠詞 a, an, the 嗎?教你英文冠詞正確使用時機! (A, AN, THE - Articles in English)

2212 分類 收藏
Annie Chien 發佈於 2019 年 12 月 10 日    Karen 翻譯    Evangeline 審核
看更多推薦影片
  1. 1. 單字查詢

    在字幕上選取單字即可即時查詢單字喔!

  2. 2. 單句重複播放

    可重複聽取一句單句,加強聽力!

  3. 3. 使用快速鍵

    使用影片快速鍵,讓學習更有效率!

  4. 4. 關閉語言字幕

    進階版練習可關閉字幕純聽英文哦!

  5. 5. 內嵌播放器

    可以將英文字幕學習播放器內嵌到部落格等地方喔

  6. 6. 展開播放器

    可隱藏右方全文及字典欄位,觀看影片更舒適!

  1. 英文聽力測驗

    挑戰字幕英文聽力測驗!

  1. 點擊展開筆記本讓你看的更舒服

  1. UrbanDictionary 俚語字典整合查詢。一般字典查詢不到你滿意的解譯,不妨使用「俚語字典」,或許會讓你有滿意的答案喔