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2. The indefinite article is a or an. The form an is used before a word that starts with a vowel sound. 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.

2.1. Uses of a.

2.1.1. Use a to something for the first time.

2.1.1.1. Examples,

2.1.1.1.1. 1. Would you like a drink? 2. I've finally got a good job. 3. An elephant and a mouse fell in love.

2.1.2. Use a with names of jobs.

2.1.2.1. Examples.

2.1.2.1.1. 1. John is a doctor. 2. Mary is training to be an engineer. 3. He wants to be a dancer.

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

2.1.3.1. Examples.

2.1.3.1.1. 1. John is an Englishman. 2. Kate is a Catholic.

2.1.4. Use a with the names of days of the week when not referring to any particular day.

2.1.4.1. Examples.

2.1.4.1.1. 1. I was born on a Thursday. 2. Could I come over on a Saturday sometime?

2.2. Uses of an.

2.2.1. 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".

2.2.1.1. Examples.

2.2.1.1.1. 1. I only have an hour for lunch. Sounds like "au-er". 2. Does his name begin with an "F"? Sounds like "eff".

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

2.2.2.1. Examples.

2.2.2.1.1. 1. He is an actor. 2. She didn't get an invitation. 3. I saw an eagle at the zoo.