INDETERMINATE ARTICLES A/AN

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INDETERMINATE ARTICLES A/AN by Mind Map: INDETERMINATE ARTICLES A/AN

1. USE 1 The article A is used before singular, countable nouns which begin with consonant sounds.

2. Examples: He is a teacher. She doesn't own a car. I saw a bear at the zoo.

3. USE 2 The article AN is used before singular, countable nouns which begin with vowel sounds.

4. Examples: He is an actor. She didn't get an invitation. I saw an eagle at the zoo.

5. USE 3 Remember that A(AN) means "one" or "a single". You cannot use A(AN) with plural nouns.

6. Examples: I saw a bears in Yellowstone National Park. Not Correct I saw bears in Yellowstone National Park. Correct

7. USE 4 If there is an adjective or an adverb-adjective combination before the noun, A(AN) should agree with the first sound in the adjective or the adverb-adjective combination.

8. Examples: He is an excellent teacher. I saw a really beautiful eagle at the zoo.

9. USE 5 Use A before words such as "European" or "university" which sound like they start with a consonant even if the first letter is a vowel. Also use A before letters and numbers which sound like they begin with a consonant, such as "U", "J", "1" or "9". Remember, it is the sound not the spelling which is important. For example, "1" is spelled O-N-E; however, it is pronounced "won" like it starts with a "W".

10. Examples: She has a euro. Sounds like "yu-ro". That number is a "1". Sounds like "won".

11. USE 6 Use AN before words such as "hour" which sound like they start with a vowel even if the first letter is a consonant. Also use AN before letters and numbers which sound like they begin with a vowel, such as "F" or "8". Remember, it is the sound not the spelling which is important. For example, "F" is pronounced "eff" like it starts with an "E".

12. Examples: I only have an hour for lunch. Sounds like "au-er". Does his name begin with an "F"? Sounds like "eff".

13. Uso de a y an en inglés