Indefinite Articles

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Indefinite articles (a/an) are determiners and are used to express non-specific things or general categories. They are placed before singular countable nouns, noun phrases and adjectives.

There are two indefinite articles:

  • A when the noun or adjective begin with a consonant.
  • An when the noun or adjective begin with a vowel or h that is not pronounced.

For example:
— “There’s a tourism office around the corner.” = We use a before a word starting with t- (consonant).
— “There’s an information office around the corner.” = We use an before a word starting with i- (vowel).

We use the indefinite article to express something general, which has never been mentioned before.

♦ “The information office around the corner” = We use the definite article (the) since we know what we are talking about.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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