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Published on October 16, 2008

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oxford practice grammar articles (1): a , an , or the #49

first, let’s compare a and an oxford grammar practice #49

we use a before words which begin with consonants (b,c,d,f…) oxford grammar practice #49

a doctor a big car a girl oxford grammar practice #49

we also use a before u when it sounds like the word ‘you’ and before eu oxford grammar practice #49

sounds like ‘ you ’ starts with u = university a university oxford grammar practice #49

sounds like ‘ you ’ starts with = eu a Eu ropean city oxford grammar practice #49

we use an before words which begin with vowels (a,e,i,o,u) oxford grammar practice #49

an apple an interesting film oxford grammar practice #49

we also use an before words that begin with a silent h oxford grammar practice #49

silent ‘h’ = hour an hour oxford grammar practice #49

hard ‘h’ = house a house oxford grammar practice #49

next, let’s compare a / an and the oxford grammar practice #49

Mary: I bought a CD player and a TV yesterday . Joe: Was the CD player expensive? oxford grammar practice #49

we usually use a / an with a noun to talk about a person or thing for the first time oxford grammar practice #49

a CD player oxford grammar practice #49

we usually use the when we talk about the person or thing again oxford grammar practice #49

the CD player = the one that Mary bought oxford grammar practice #49

however, there are some special uses of a / an and the oxford grammar practice #49

we use a / an with prices, frequency and speeds oxford grammar practice #49

prices It costs £2 a litre oxford grammar practice #49

frequency I drink about three cups of coffee a day oxford grammar practice #49

speeds You’re driving at ninety miles an hour oxford grammar practice #49

we use a / an before hundred, thousand, and million oxford grammar practice #49

a hundred people a thousand days oxford grammar practice #49

we use a / an for talking about jobs oxford grammar practice #49

I’m a bank manager oxford grammar practice #49

we use the when there is only one of something oxford grammar practice #49

May I turn on the TV? oxford grammar practice #49

Where’s Mary? She’s in the kitchen. oxford grammar practice #49

we use the with musical instruments oxford grammar practice #49

I play the guitar. Jane plays the violin. oxford grammar practice #49

works cited Coe, Norman, Mark Harrison, and Ken Paterson . Oxford Practice Grammar Basic with Answers . Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2006.

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