Understanding Articles

Articles are small words that are generally classified as adjectives. They indicate that a noun or noun substitute will follow. French articles are singular or plural, depending upon whether the noun that follows is singular or plural. French singular articles may vary depending upon whether the following noun is masculine or feminine, or whether it starts with a vowel or consonant.

Four French definite articles express the English word “the;” three French indefinite articles express “a,” “an,” and “one;” five partitive articles express “some” or “any;” and four demonstrative adjectives express “this,” “that,” “these,” and “those.”