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In this lesson, we will learn how to use the article ‘an’ in your conversations.
Cris: “An” is an indefinite article. It is used to talk about countable nouns. ‘An’ is not used to talk about plurals or non-countable nouns. We use ‘an’ before vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and before vowel sounds.
Troy: Can I have an apple?
Chris: Here ‘apple’ is a noun beginning with a vowel sound.
Troy: Bruce Springsteen is an American musician.
Chris: An indefinite article is used because he is part of a group of American musicians.
Troy: My father in an architect.
Chris: Since ‘architect’ begins with a vowel sound, we use the article ‘an.’
Troy: I live in a United States.
Chris: This sentence is incorrect. We do not use indefinite articles with countries, states, or provinces, lakes, or mountains because they are unique.
Troy: I live in the United States.
Chris: This is the correct sentence.
Troy: Cassie is an interpreter.
Chris: In this example, Cassie belongs to a group of interpreters. We use ‘an’ because ‘interpreter’ begins with a vowel sound.
Troy: Sam is an honest person.
Chris: Here the adjective describing the noun begins with the consonant ‘h’. However, we use the article ‘an’ because the ‘h’ is silent, and we pronounce the vowel sound /ɒ/.
Katy: What did you have for breakfast today?
Lisa: I just ate an apple.
Katy: Just an apple? Are you on a diet?
Lisa: No, I’m not. I just wasn’t very hungry.
Katy: All right. In that case, you might feel hungry at least an hour before the lunch break.
Jerry: Hey. I’ve heard your dad is an architect. Is that right?
Tom: Yes, he is an architect. Why do you ask?
Jerry: I’m planning to study Architecture. My parents advised me to meet an architect for some information about how it is to be one.
Tom: Oh really? Well, it is an amazing profession. You must meet my dad to get a better idea.
Jerry: Can I meet him next Sunday?
Tom: I’m not sure. He has a very busy schedule.
Jerry: Sure. Just let me know whenever he is free and willing to talk.