The Similarities Between a and an

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Good morning class? How are you today? So, do I have to introduce myself? I guess not. You all already know me, don’t you? So, let’s start the lesson, today we are going to discuss about using articles. What is an article? Anybody knows? Basically, an article is an adjective. Like adjectives, articles modify nouns. Now, I have two good news for you. * First: There are only three articles in English: a, an and the. the is called definite article

a/an is called indefinite article
* Second: We’re just going to discuss article a and an. How to use them and what’s the difference between them. The similarities between a and an
* "A/an" is used to refer to a non-specific or non-particular member of the group. For example, "I would like to go see a movie." Here, we're not talking about a specific movie. We're talking about any movie. There are many movies, and I don't have a specific one in mind. * A and an are used when talking about profession

For example, "I am a teacher."
The difference in using a or an
Using a or an depends on the sound that begins the next word. Remember, It's the sound that matters, not the spelling. (Lots of people get this wrong - including native speakers.). there are 4 rules in using article a or an *

* use a before + singular noun beginning with a consonant: a boy; a car; a bike; a zoo; a dog * an + singular noun beginning with a vowel: an elephant; an egg; an apple; an idiot; an orphan * a + singular noun beginning with a consonant sound: a user (sounds like 'yoo-zer,' i.e. begins with a consonant 'y' sound, so 'a' is used); * an + nouns starting with silent "h": an hour

Remember that these rules also apply when you use acronyms: I have an LCD tv. 1. She is facing an unusual problem
2. The little child wants to be a unicorn.
3. Brian is an FBI agent.
4. Daniel tried to be an honest person.
Now that we’re finished, I hope that you got what I’ve explained. I’ll see you next time. Thank...
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