Indefinite articles: definition, examples and exercises

Discover indefinite articles in English, learn everything about them with videos, grammar rules and examples. Once you feel ready, you can test yourself with printable worksheets and practice with three different types of interactive exercises!

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What are indefinite articles and why are they used in English?

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.

In English, there are two of these articles: A and AN.

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Indefinite articles - Videos with examples

Watch the videos and find out examples with the indefinite articles A and AN.

"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."

"A" and "An": rules, examples and worksheet

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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Indefinite article before silent H words

According to the English grammar, nouns starting with silentH require the indefinite article AN before them: 

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

 

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Other rules with Jobs

Follow the basic rules and use A or AN with names of jobs.

For example: 

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

 

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Grammar rules with 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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