How to use Articles
Articles are a very simple yet easily mistaken part of the language. Ever since I started teaching, I have always noticed that English learners either misuse articles or forget to use them within their sentences. So, articles are going to be addressed in this small “article”. Haha….
There are 2 kinds of articles:
Definite articles (The)
Indefinite articles (a/an)
The main idea behind this is to clarify whether or not you’re talking about a general or specific topic, articles are used with NOUNS. It is as simple as that, hence the names “definite and indefinite”. If you are talking about a specific topic or thing, then use “the”, if not you use (a/an). Before we discuss how to use articles, we should take a look at when to “an” instead of “a”. “an” is used when the word starts with a Vowel.
What is a Vowel?
Vowels are (A, E, I, O, U)
Now that we got this out of the way, let’s see and compare articles
The first sentence is describing the persons state rather than showing how general or specific the prison itself is. E.g.: (he went to hospital) this means that the person is sick and was sent to a hospital to receive treatment.
to be able to really grasp you idea, you should stop comparing that concept to your first language. since, every language represents ideas differently.