indefinite article examples
The indefinite articles a and an are used with singular, countable nouns.
The indefinite article a is used with singular, countable nouns that are preceded by a consonant sound.
The indefinite article an is used with singular, countable nouns that are preceded by a vowel sound.
Indefinite article examples with a:
John bought a book.
Mary wants a puppy.
Mr. Smith rides a bicycle.
Sally needs a camera.
Mrs. Wallace is buying a newspaper.
My teacher uses a projector in class.
Albert Einstein was a scientist.
Indefinite article examples with an:
Johnny Depp is an actor.
Nothing is more beautiful than an eagle.
Bill has never slept in an igloo.
My father is eating an orange.
Frank always carries an umbrella.
Watch out! Sound is what determines which indefinite article is used, not the letter precedes it
A fork is a utensil. (The ‘u’ in utensil has the same sound as the y in ‘you’…a consonant sound.)
John bought the pencil for a euro. (The ‘eu’ in euro has the same sound as the y in ‘you’…a consonant sound.)
You can’t go down that way, it’s a one-way street. (The word ‘one’ has the same sound as the w in ‘won’…a consonant sound.)
I can meet you for just an hour. (The ‘h’ in the word hour is silent which gives it a vowel sound.)