A / An – Tiny words that make a big difference.

Often when speaking,  students may forget to use an article  (a, an ) before a noun.  Even though they are tiny, we notice when these words are missing or not used correctly.

Let’s go over the rules for their use.

1. Use a when a singular, indefinite count noun is used and the noun starts with a consonant sound

  • Do you have a pen?

2. Use an when when a singular, indefinite count noun is used and the noun starts with a vowel sound.

  • Do you have an eraser?

3.  Don’t use a or an with plural nouns or noncount nouns.

  • I have pens and erasers.
  • I have ink too.

This video can help you remember what to  use.

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