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Indefinite Articles

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about indefinite articles an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Indefinite Articles

Definition of an indefinite article.
  • An indefinite article:
  • is the word "a", and the word "an" in English
  • indicates that the noun refers to a general thing (Sit on a chair) - means sit on any chair
  • is used as a synonym for the number one, as in "make a wish", "a hundred", "an apple" (an is an older spelling of "one")
  • is used to express a proportional relationship, such as "a dollar a day" or "$50 an ounce"
  • The following should be noted:
  • use "a" before a noun beginning with a consonant sound (a chair, a table)
  • use "an" before a noun beginning with a vowel sound (an apple, an orange)
Indefinite Article Examples
  • Sit on a chair (means any chair)
  • You want to eat an apple. (means any apple)
  • She wants to eat a banana. (means any banana)
Fun Easy English Grammar Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Indefinite Articles

Indefinite articles can be difficult to learn especially knowing when to use them. In many cases an indefinite article is not needed. English language students often say the following incorrect statement.

Incorrect: Can you find a time to meet?
Correct: Can you find time to meet?
 
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Conversation Lesson 11 - Going for a Walk
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Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Going for a Walk

Roger: What did you say?

Claire: I said that it’s a lovely day. Why don’t we go for a walk?

Roger: Can you wait a few minutes? I have to finish this letter.

Claire: Don’t take too long. It would be a shame not to take advantage of such lovely weather.

Roger: I won’t be long. No more than ten minutes. Why don’t you go on ahead and I’ll meet you in the park.

Claire: Believe I will. Look for me near the rock garden.
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  • Don’t take too long
  • Don’t delay
  • go on ahead
  • proceed (to the park)
  • Look for me
  • Meet me
Source: U.S. State Department
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