A very common mistake I find while proofreading is not placing ‘the’ (definite article) or ‘a’ and ‘an’ (indefinite article) in front of a noun. The missing article throws the sentence into a ‘wordy heaven’ full of stilted text.
However, help is at hand … if you follow this simple rule:
‘the’ is used to indicate something specific;
‘a’ and ‘an’ is used to indicate something unspecific.
For examples of when to use definite and indefinite articles in your sentences, pop over to the brilliant Grammar Monster; your life will be all the richer!