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Indefinite articles: a - an
I) A :
>Before a consonant sound:
A bird, a cat, a dog, a forest, a garden, a jacket, a key, a light, a month, a name, a paper, a quarter, a room, a swift, a tree, a village, a whale, a xylophone, a yoghurt, a zoologist.
> When there is a loud "h":
A hand, a head, a hit, a horse, a hulk, a hybrid.
> Before the sounds [w] and [j]:
A European, a one-man-show ([w]),
a union, a yacht, a yoyo ([j]).
II) AN :
> Before a vowel sound or a diphthong:
An ear, an oil lamp, an eye.
An animal, an email, an identity, an orange, an umbrella.
> Before a silent "h":
An heir, an honest woman, an honour, an hour
> Before letters starting with the sound [è] :
III) USES :
> These articles must be used before jobs:
She has been an English teacher for forty years, now she's retired.
> For general clauses:
A rat is bigger and more intelligent than a mouse.
A cat has a more developed olfactory sense than the dog, but refuses to obey, so that cats cannot be recruited into the Police.
A freesia is more fragrant than a poppy.
In the Universe,a white star is hotter than a red star.
> Frequency, speed, price :
He takes the bus twice a day.
He was driving at 120 miles an hour when the Police flashed him.
This cheese costs €15.99 a kilo, it's quite expensive but is so delicious.
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