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  • A or An? Sandra Algarín de León COMU- 2019 Prof. Enoc Díaz Santana
  • A or An?
    • Are indefinite forms of the grammatical article in the English language and can also represent the number one .
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    • Is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Sometimes is called a noun marker or determiner .
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  • Discrimination between: a and an in
  • A or An? "A" goes before all words that begin with consonants. For example: a cat
  • A or An? or: a dog
  • A or An? or: a rose
  • A or An?
    • With one exception:
    • Use an before unsounded h .
    • For example:
    • an honorable peace
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • an honest error
  • A or An?
    • "An" goes before all words that
    • begin with vowels:
    • For example:
    • an apricot
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • an egg
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • an idea
  • A or An?
    • With two exceptions:
    • When u makes the same sound as the y in you , or o makes the same sound as w in won , then a is used.
  • A or An?
    • Here are some examples:
    • a union
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • a uniform
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • a unicorn
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • a used napkin
  • A or An?
    • or:
    • a U.S. ship
  • A or An?
    • Representing the number one :
    • In addition to serving as an article, a and an are also used as synonyms for the number one, as in " make a wish ", " a hundred ".
  • A or An?
    • A and an are also used
    • to express a proportional relationship, such as: "a dollar a day" or "$150 an ounce" or "A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play".
  • A or An?
    • Notes: The choice of article is actually based upon the phonetic (sound) quality of the first letter in a word, not on the orthographic (written) representation of the letter.
  • A or An?
    • If the first letter makes a vowel-type sound, you use " an "; if the first letter would makes a consonant-type sound, you use " a ."
  • A or An?
    • Now, with all these rules in mind let’s make and discuss a practice exercise.
    • GOOD LUCK!
  • In the following phrases, supply either a or an :
    • 1. ____ bingo game
    • 2. ____ idiot
    • 3. ____ good job
    • 4. ____ rotten plum
    • 5. ____ used fork
    • 6. ____ uncle
    • 7. ____ historian
    • 8. ____ apple
    • 9. ____ hair
    • 10. ____ artichoke
    • 11. ____ horrible movie
    • 12. ____ opera
    • 13. ____ fine opera
    • 14. ____ television
    • 15. ____ earthquake
    • 16. ____ icicle
    • 17. ____ plant
    • 18. ____ eggplant
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    • For more info about this grammar rules and more visit:
    • www.purdueuniversityonlinewritinglab.com
    • www.wikipedia.com