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Articles "The" and "A/an" are tricky for non-native speakers of English. It seems hard to know when to use each one.
One should use "the" when one is talking about something specific. Usually both the person speaking and the person listening understand what object the speaker is referring to, such as the car or the bus. In this case both the speaker and listener know which bus or car it is.
One should use "A" or "an" when speaking about an object in general. 'An apple or a banana' could be any banana or apple not something specific, such as I would like to eat an apple. In contrast, if I said I would like to eat the apple than both the listener and the speaker know which apple it is.