Indefinite articles

In English, the two indefinite articles are A and AN.

Notes

The indefinite article is used to refer to something for the first time or to refer to a particular member of a group or class.

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"I AM AN ITALIAN GIRL AND I AM A STUDENT.

I AM AN ENGLISH WOMAN AND I AM A DOCTOR.

I AM A SWEDISH WOMAN AND I AM AN HEIRESS."

The indefinite articles A - AN

The indefinite article A is used before a noun starting with a consonant.

The indefinite article AN is used before a noun starting with a vowel.

Examples:

  • A school - A woman - A hook.
  • An apple - An umbrella - An idea.

 

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Silent H

When nouns start with a silent H, use AN

  • An hour
  • An honest person
  • An honour
  • An heir / An heiress

 

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Jobs

Use A or AN with names of jobs.

Examples: 

  • Mary is a doctor.
  • Sheila is a teacher.
  • Tom is an engineer.
  • Mark is an artist.

 

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Nationalities and religions

Use A / AN with nationalities and religions in the singular.

Examples:

  • John is an Englishman.
  • They are Italian.
  • Martha is a Catholic.

 

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