Articles a/an

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

1.1. EXAMPLES

1.2. He is a teacher.

1.3. She doesn't own a car.

1.4. I saw a bear at the zoo.

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

2.1. EXAMPLES

2.2. He is an actor.

2.3. She didn't get an invitation.

2.4. I saw an eagle at the zoo.

3. In English, the two indefinite articles are a and an. Like other articles, indefinite articles are invariable. You use one or the other, depending on the first letter of the word following the article, for pronunciation reasons. Use a when the next word starts with a consonant, or before words starting in u and eu when they sound like you. Use an when the next word starts with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) or with a mute h.

3.1. VIDEO

4. The indefinite article is used to refer to something for the first time or to refer to a particular member of a group or class. Some use cases and examples are given below. Use a to refer to something for the first time.

4.1. EXAMPLES

4.2. Would you like a drink?

4.3. I've finally got a good job.

4.4. An elephant and a mouse fell in love.

5. Use a with nationalities and religions in the singular.

5.1. EXAMPLES

5.1.1. John is an Englishman.

5.1.1.1. Kate is a Catholic.

6. NAMING MEMBERS OF A GROUP

6.1. with names of jobs.

6.1.1. EXAMPLES

6.1.2. John is a doctor.

6.1.3. Mary is training to be an engineer.

6.1.4. He wants to be a dancer.

7. Activity :An interesting map

7.1. produced by:

7.2. Yessica Echeverría