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What is the difference between definite and indefinite nouns?
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Definite nouns refer to a specific number of things. For example, a definite noun is "bird." When readers come across this noun, they are sure of how many birds the sentence, or phrase, is referring to. Given that the word "bird" is singular, a reader knows that it refers to one bird. On the other hand, when one comes across the word "birds," he or she is not certain of the number; therefore, the noun is indefinite. The reader is only aware that more than one bird is referring to, given the word "birds" is plural. One must also be sure to examine the article ("a" and "the"). "A" is an indefinite article (it refers to a general, not specific, noun), while "the" is a definite article (given it refers to a specific noun).
Posted by literaturenerd on November 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM (Answer #1)
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