Indefinite Article

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Indefinite Article by Mind Map: Indefinite Article

1. We have indefinite (or indeterminate) masculine (un, some) and feminine (un, some) items. In English, however, we only have two indefinite articles A and AN, both meaning "one", "one", for example, a chair, an apple.

2. There are no indefinite articles in the plural in English. We can not say chairs (a chairs) or an apples (one apples). To be able to say "some chairs" or "apples" (indefinitely) we will have to use other determinants, like some or any.


3.1. A → is used with words beginning with consonant, h aspirated (h sound) or u (or any other spelling) pronounced as / ju: / (iu).

3.1.1. a dog (un perro) a person (una persona) a book (un libro) a woman (una mujer)

3.2. AN → is used with words beginning with vowel (a, e, i, or, u), h mute (not pronounced) or u short (pronounced as)

3.2.1. an apple (una manzana) an interesting film (una película interesante) an old man (un hombre mayor)

4. 2. A / AN: USES

4.1. The use of the indefinite article a, an (a, a) is usually confused with the definite article the (the, the, the, las)

4.1.1. Noun singular Usamos a / an delante de un sustantivo SINGULAR CONTABLE (ver contables e incontables)

4.1.2. Name something for the first time When we refer to a thing or a person for the first time

4.1.3. Professions We use a / an in front of any profession

4.1.4. Expressions of quantity, time, velocities and prices We use it with some expressions of quantity, time, speed and prices. Note that expressions of time, speed and prices "a" and "an" are not translated by "one" or "one".