8th Class English Articles Indefinite Articles 'A and an'

Indefinite Articles 'A and an'

Category : 8th Class

*   Introduction

 

Definition: "A", "an" and "the" are known as articles. There are two types of articles:

(i) Indefinite Articles- a and an

(ii) Definite Article - the  

 

*   Indefinite Articles 'A and an'

Definition: A and An are indefinite articles because they refer to any person, animal thing or place.  

 

*       Use of A

(i)           'A' is used before a word which starts with a consonant.  

 

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  • There is a girl in the class.
  • My sister is a teacher.
  • I saw a baby crying.
  • I The girl has a toy.

In the above given sentences, 'a' is used before a word which starts from a consonant and sounds like a consonant.  

(ii)          'A" is also used before a word that starts with vowels but sounds like a consonant.

 

 

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 The camel is a useful animal.

  • He reads in a university.
  • Steve is a European.
  • It was a one sided game.

In the above given sentences, 'a' is used before a word which starts from a vowel but sounds like a consonant.  

 

*        Use of 'an'

(i)           'An' is used before a word which starts from a vowel.

 

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  • He is an old man.
  • He has an ink pot.
  • Mr. Clinton is an American.
  • He bought an egg and an umbrella.

In the above given sentences, 'an' is used before a word which starts from a vowel and sounds like a vowel.  

(ii)          'An' is also used before words that start with consonants but sound like vowels.

 

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  • He will come within an hour.
  • He is an honest man.
  • I met an M.P. who frequently visits his constituency.
  • An M.L.A. can provide funds for the development work.

In the above given sentences, 'an' is used before a word which starts from a consonant but sounds like a vowel.  

Points to keep in mind

  • A and An are always used with singular nouns.
  • A is used before a word which starts with a consonant sound.
  • An is used before a word which starts with a vowel sound.



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