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A--/--An by Mind Map: A--/--An

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

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

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

4. Remember that A(AN) means "one" or "a single". You cannot use A(AN) with plural nouns. Examples: I saw a bears in Yellowstone National Park. Not Correct I saw bears in Yellowstone National Park. Correct

5. A + consonant sound If the following word starts with a consonant sound, then we say a: a cat a game of golf a human emotion a Peruvian a very nice lady

6. An + vowel sound If the following word starts with a vowel sound, then we say an: an apple an easy job an interesting film an old man an umbrella

7. Normally, we pronounce consonant letters with a consonant sound, and vowel letters with a vowel sound. But there are some exceptions. The rule about a or an is still the same. You just need to think about the sound, not the writing.

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