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Javier Atencio Fonseca
Lic. Martha Moreno
"A" and "an" signal that the noun modified is indefinite,
referring to any member of a group. For example:
 "My daughter ...
a + singular noun beginning with a consonant.
For example:
 A car.
 A dog.
 I have to a zoo.
 He is a boy.
 She is dr...
an + singular noun beginning with a vowel (a,
e, i, o, u). For example:
 a hour
 an egg.
 I’m eating an apple .
 He’s ...
 With names of jobs:
Caleb is a doctor.
Patricia is training to be an engineer.
She wants to be a singer.
 With national...
 With names of days:
I was born on a Thursday
 To refer to a kind of, or example of something:
the mouse had a tiny nose...
A diferencia del castellano, en inglés los
artículos indefinidos no tienen género ni plural
(a book – books; an orange – o...
 An before an h mute - an hour, an honour.
A before u and eu when they sound
like 'you': a european, a university, a unit.
Complete the following sentences with a / an
/ some. If no item, enter "zero".
I am___ English teacher. My sister is___ en...
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  1. 1. Javier Atencio Fonseca Lic. Martha Moreno
  2. 2. "A" and "an" signal that the noun modified is indefinite, referring to any member of a group. For example:  "My daughter really wants an horse for Christmas." This refers to any horse. We don't know which horse because we haven't found the horse yet.  "Somebody call a policeman!" This refers to any policeman. We don't need a specific policeman; we need any policeman who is available.  "When I was at the zoo, I saw a leopard!" Here, we're talking about a single, non-specific thing, in this case a leopard. There are probably several leopards at the zoo, but there's only one we're talking about here.
  3. 3. a + singular noun beginning with a consonant. For example:  A car.  A dog.  I have to a zoo.  He is a boy.  She is driver a car.  This is a little cat sexy.
  4. 4. an + singular noun beginning with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u). For example:  a hour  an egg.  I’m eating an apple .  He’s an orphan.  In the zoo there an elephant.  Are you an idiot?
  5. 5.  With names of jobs: Caleb is a doctor. Patricia is training to be an engineer. She wants to be a singer.  With nationalities and religions: I am an Englishman. Katerine is a Catholic.  With musical instruments: Sherlock Holmes was playing a violin when the visitor arrived. (BUT to describe the activity we say "He plays the violin.")
  6. 6.  With names of days: I was born on a Thursday  To refer to a kind of, or example of something: the mouse had a tiny nose the elephant had a long trunk it was a very strange car  With singular nouns, after the words 'what' and 'such': What a shame! She's such a beautiful girl.  meaning 'one', referring to a single object or person: I'd like an orange and two lemons please. The burglar took a diamond necklace and a valuable painting.
  7. 7. A diferencia del castellano, en inglés los artículos indefinidos no tienen género ni plural (a book – books; an orange – oranges). Para decir “unos libros” o “unas naranjas” necesitamos “some”.
  8. 8.  An before an h mute - an hour, an honour. A before u and eu when they sound like 'you': a european, a university, a unit.
  9. 9. Complete the following sentences with a / an / some. If no item, enter "zero". I am___ English teacher. My sister is___ engineer in___ factory. We have___ aunt and___ uncle. They live in___ house with___ beautiful garden. In their garden there is___ apple tree and___ fig tree. They have___ daughter. She is___ singer. Victor have___ university. My parents are___ artists. They paint___ paintings and sell them on the Internet. My mother is also___ art teacher. She works in___ school in the mornings. My father loves___ flowers and has a balcony with___ flowerpots.

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