Discovering French Articles
French articles change form depending on their use with masculine or feminine nouns, plural or singular nouns, and nouns that begin with vowels. In English, the definite article can often be dropped or ignored, but in French, articles are very much a necessity to proper communication.
You can use articles to help you remember the gender of nouns with nouns that begin with a vowel. Because gender is mostly a matter of memorization, the indefinite article will tell you the gender, leaving one less thing to memorize.