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Unit 1: Sentence fragmentsUnit 2: Run-on sentences Unit 3: Subject-verb agreementUnit 4: TensesUnit 5: PassiveUnit 6: ApostrophesUnit 7: Articles

Common mistakes

This section provides a variety of examples of common mistakes made when using articles.

Have you got a piece of your own writing handy? Are you making any of these common mistakes?

Mistake 1 - you put the definite article in when you should leave it out.


Leave the definite article out when you are writing about:

  • non-count nouns (including abstract ones) used non-specifically e.g. Education is important. Mathematics is a precise discipline.
  • plural nouns used non-specifically e.g. I like apples.

In these sentences we’re talking about education, mathematics and apples in general, rather than about any specific instances of them.