Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Indefinite Article ( A, An)

"A" is used for nouns that begin with a consonant sound.  
 e.g.  a pen;   a dog;    a bus;    a man;    a lion   

"An" is used for nouns that begin with a vowel sound /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/,/u/.                                                                                                  e.g.   an apple;   an orange;   an umbrella                               

N.B. We also use 'an' before words that begin with a silent h.                
e.g. an hour;    an honest man
"A", "An" are used :

To describe a singular noun

         e.g. I have a pencil and a rubber in my school bag.

To talk about a person or thing for the first time

         e.g. An elephant and a mouse are friends.

               Would you like a hamburger?

To talk about jobs

        e.g. I'm a teacher.

Before hundred, thousand, million

       e.g. hundred people

             a million dollars   

N.B. We don't use 'a' or 'an' before a plural noun or an uncountable noun.

        e.g. We like dogs.
               I drink water.

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