In English, we have two indefinite articles: A and An. Knowing which one to choose can sometimes be tricky, so here is an explanation of the main rule.
A and An are used in front of singular nouns.
An is used in front of a vowel sound: I want you to write an essay.
A is used in front of a consonant sound: I need a new computer.
Remember it is the pronunciation (Norw. uttale), rather than the spelling that matters:
You should be finished in an hour.
She wants to go to a university near home.
More advanced information
The indefinite article is used:
- in front of countable nouns: I had a strange feeling. It was a great experience. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
- in front of names of professions, nationality groups and religious groups: She is a dentist. He is a Muslim. His brother is an American (Norw. amerikaner). He is American (Norw. amerikansk).
- in a number of expressions of speed, frequency, amount and price and in many fixed phrases: seventy miles an hour, three times a week, once a year, £50 a night, to have a headache, to make a speech, to have a temperature, to catch a cold, to take an interest in, to give it a try, to build a house
The indefinite article is not used in front of uncountable (‘utellelige’) nouns: What terrible weather! Did he give you any advice? It was shocking news!
Now try the following tasks:
This task is more difficult than the first, but try your best to translate these eight sentences. When you are finished, press "Key" to see the answers.