Fill in the blank with a suitable article from the options given. __________ rice is the staple food of South Indians.
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'An/A' is used as an indefinite article for a thing or person when the reader doesn't know which one we are referring to out of many nouns. It states the random nature of the subject.
'The' is used as a definite article for a thing or person when the reader knows which one we are exactly referring to. It states the specific nature of the subject.
Option D is correct as we usually don't use articles in front of names. Option C is incorrect as 'An' is used as the article for words with a vowel sound. Option A is incorrect as we usually don't use definite articles in front of names. Option B is incorrect as 'A rice' sounds illogical and wouldn't provide meaning to the sentence.