🏁 Make sure you use ‘an’ in front of a word that starts with a vowel, e.g. an apple or an orange.
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🎯 📝 Try to sort out whether a or an is the best word to choose in these examples, and don’t forget capitals if you’re rewriting them as sentences:
1 a/an late goal ended the match.
2 a/an elephant escaped from the tourist camp.
3 a/an Aston Martin is a very expensive car.
4 The train was nearly a/an hour late.
5 a/an porcupine’s nose isn’t as long as a/an anteater’s.
6 a/an proper breakfast starts the day better than a/an ice-cream.
7 Zoella is a/an famous blogger on You Tube, and she also has a/an popular website.
8 After her engine broke down again, Daniella wished she had never bought a/an Audi.
✅ Here’s what you should have chosen for the exercise above:
1 A late goal ended the match.
2 An elephant escaped from the tourist camp.
3 An Aston Martin is a very expensive car.
4 The train was nearly an hour late.
5 A porcupine’s nose isn’t as long as an anteater’s.
6 A proper breakfast starts the day better than an ice-cream.
7 Zoella is a famous blogger on You Tube, and she also has a popular website.
8 After her engine broke down again, Daniella wished she had never bought an Audi.
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This is quite easy to sort if you know what vowels are (a,e,i,o,u). The only thing to take care with is if a word starts with a consonant (all the other letters in the alphabet) that isn’t pronounced much, like a ‘silent consonant.’ The letter ‘h’ is often used like this, so you would say a hill, because you say the ‘h’, but an hour, because you don’t say the ‘h’!
🎓 A and An are called indefinite articles in English.