A word may consist of consonants and vowels
The word may consist of consonants and vowels
Words may consist of consonants and vowels

And is it alright to say "put a definite article" or shoud I have to say "put the definite article" because the definite ariticle means the only one, "the".

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    The definite article can mean "the only one" – just don't make the mistake of assuming that's it's only meaning.
    – J.R.
    Oct 20, 2017 at 14:40

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Without more context, it's impossible to know whether using a definite article is permissible here. Sentences 1 and 3 sound like they're talking about words in general. Sentence 2 needs to refer to a specific word--that's what the definite article is for.

"Put" is a verb that asks for two objects, one direct and one indirect. You can "put a definite article before the noun", but you can't "put a definite article" without a prepositional phrase explaining where you're putting it. If you want to avoid specifying the indirect object, use the verb "use".

Oh, and "a definite article" and "the definite article" both sound fine to me in this context.

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