It is equally necessary to know the place/position in a sentence where the Article (a, an or the) should be used. The following are the rules –
articles position

Rule 1 – Before a Noun

Normally Article (a, an or the) is used before a Noun. As –
A book, an enemy, the horse.

Rule 2 – Adjective + Noun

If an Adjective comes a Noun, the Article is used before the Adjective. As –
A good book, a beautiful girl, the black horse.

Rule 3 – Adverb + Adjective + Noun

If there is Adjective before a Noun, and also an Adverb before the Adjective, the Article is used before the Adverb. As –
  1. A very good book.
  2. An extremely beautiful girl.
  3. The most intelligent boy.

Rule 4 – Many/such/what

If there is use of many, such, what in a sentence, the Article is used after them. As –
  1. Many a man.
  2. Such a beautiful
  3. Such a horse
  4. What a man
  5. What a place

Rule 5 – As/how

If in a sentence ‘as/how’ are used before an Adjective, the Article is used after the Adjective. As –
  1. As gentle a girl as she
  2. As brave a man as he
  3. How good a boy
  4. How excellent an opportunity

Rule 6 – So/too

If in a sentence ‘so/too’ are used before an Adjective, Article is used  after the Adjective. As –
  1. So serious an attempt.
  2. So brave a man.
  3. Too clear an answer.
  4. Too far a place.
Note:–  Under this rule, sometimes, Article is used before ‘so/too’, though this use is not popular.

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