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Monday, 7 November 2011

Articles - a / an

WHEN TO USE -A-
Use a if the next word begins with a consonant SOUND.
This is a sound rule, NOT a spelling rule.
a box
a cat
a university (university begins with a consonant sound)
a unicorn (unicorn begins with a consonant sound)
a European trip (European begins with a consonant sound)
a hotel (hotel begins with a consonant sound)
WHEN TO USE -AN-
Use AN if the next word begins with a vowel SOUND.
This is a sound rule, NOT a spelling rule.
an atom
an entrance
an ice cream cone
an uncle (uncle begins with a vowel sound)
an hour (the h is silent, thus a vowel sound)
A Box An Apple
a box an apple

The twentysix alphabets of English language are divided into vowels and consonants.

A,e,i,o,u are vowels. All the other alphabets are consonants.

'A' is used when a word begins with a consonant. eg a pen. The letter 'p' is a consonant .

'An' word used when a word begins with a vowel. eg an orange. The letter 'o' is a vowel.

The usage of a or an also depends on the sound of the words.
For eg an heir . Although the letter 'h' is a consonant, we use the article 'an' because theconsonant 'h' is silent.

Similarly, we also say a university. Although the letter 'u' is a vowel, we use the article 'a' because the word university begins with the consonant sound 'yu'.

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A/AN - Quiz


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READ the sentence. CHOOSE the answer. Get your score!
A/AN HELP
1. He is ____ boy.
a an
2. Yesterday I saw ____ animal.
a an
3. My father is ____ doctor.
a an
4. Marsha is ____ honest girl.
a an
5. The chicken laid ___ egg.
a an
6. Jan ate ____ piece of pizza.
a an
7. Sylvia put ___ old hairbrush in her bag.
a an
8. Mexico is ____ large country.
a an
9. I need ____ English dictionary please.
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10. ___ apple a day keeps the doctor away!
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