The small words or sounds used by many languages to distinguish references to a particular object, "the lawyer", distinguished from a general reference to the class "lawyers", are called articles. English uses definite "the" and indefinite "a" articles.
The article in Hebrew (there is no indefinite article - like "a") is attached to the word that it makes definite. It is very rare indeed in Hebrew poetry. It is attached to nouns or to those parts of verbs that function as nouns.
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