Articles: A and An

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1. Skills

1.1. Indefinite articles are used when we are referring to an unspecified thing or quantity. We use them when we don’t know (or don’t care) which thing we’re talking about.

1.2. Example:There once was a sheep.

2. Family Goals

2.1. a/an is used to say what someone is or what job they do:

2.2. My brother is a doctor.

2.3. George is a student.

3. Business Goals

3.1. a/an is used with a singular noun to say something about all things of that kind:

3.2. A man needs friends. (= All men need friends)

3.3. A dog likes to eat meat. (= All dogs like to eat meat)

4. Health Goals

4.1. It is used to show the person or thing is one of a group:

4.2. She is a pupil at Usulután Road School

5. Hobbies

5.1. How to Use the Indefinite Articles A vs. An

5.2. The general rule is to use a when the indefinite article precedes a word beginning with a consonant sound and an when it precedes a word starting with a vowel sound.

5.2.1. Use a when the indefinite article comes before a word beginning with a consonant sound: a toy a book a house

5.2.2. Use an when the indefinite article comes before a word beginning with a vowel sound

6. Friends

6.1. We use the indefinite article, a/an, with count nouns when the hearer/reader does not know exactly which one we are referring to:

6.2. Teacher are searching for a 14 year-old girl.