The differences between indefinite articles in English and the certain ones

How to use indefinite articles in English correctly

Indefinite articles in English? €œTo€ and €œAn€ in English? €œThat lesson is basic, occurs in the institute, is absorbed€. Ja! Also the rivers occur in the institute and the capitals and certainly you do not remember almost any already.

Elementary, dear Watson. If you do not want to fall in the errors and more frequent forgetfulnesses agree to give a repasito to you to this so fundamental lesson.

You knew why indefinite articles receive this name? In English, indefinite articles or indefinite €œTo€ and €œAn€ they are equivalent to in Spanish to articles €œ€, €œOne€, €œSome€, €œSome€. They serve to indicate to an individual or element of any class, species or sort without distinguishing it. For example, when tenth: €œA thief robbed my sandwich to me€ we are not specifying a person in particular but the article indicates that we talked about to any person as possible person in charge of the robbery of my sandwich (never we will forget your sandwich of turkey, Ross). For that reason the article receives the name of indetermine.

Already we spoke at the time of how correctly using articles determined in English, and now, so that you do not have left any doubt about the differences between definite articles and indefinite, we explained all the basic details, rules to you and characteristic of indefinite articles in English. So that this text is to you more comprehensible and effective still, we illustrated it to you by means of examples. That does not say that you can have complaint of LearnWithZac!


When to use €œTo€ and when using €œAn€?

    When the noun that accompanies to the article begins by consonant (or a vowel with consonant sound), article €œA€ is used.

    Examples with €œA€:

  • €œTo car€. €“ €œ€˜a car€.

  • €œTo book€. €“ €œA book€.

  • €œTo wand€. €“ €œA baryta€.

  • €œTo useful thing€. €“ €œA useful thing€.


    When noun that accompanies to the article begins by vowel (or a consonant with vocal sound as €œH€, whose vocalization as soon as he is appreciable), the article €œAn€ is used.

    Examples with €œAn€:

  • €œAn Apple€. €“ €œAn apple€.

  • €œAn office€. €“ €œAn office€.

  • €œAn hour€. €“ €œOne hour€.

  • €œAn idiot€. €“ €œAn idiot€.


€œTo€ and €œAn€: sort and number

€œThe An€ and indefinite articles €œTo€ are invariable in sort and number. That is to say, it as much serves the same form for the masculine one as for the feminine one.

  • €œTo boy€. €“ €œA boy€.

  • €œTo girl€. €“ €œA girl€.


The indefinite article is only used in singular. In order to form the plural one other particles as €œSome€ for affirmative phrases and €œAny€ for negative and interrogativas phrases are used.

  • €œThere plows some Apples€. €“ €œThere are some/some apples€.

  • €œTea There isn't any in the cup€. €“ €œThere is (none) no tea in the cup€.

  • €œAny plows there chocolates€ €“ €œIt has (some) chocolatina€


When yes they are had to use €œTo€ and €œAn€?

Generally, the indefinite article in English is used for the same functions that in Spanish.

    To designate to people and things:

  • €œTo they man€. €“ €œA man€.

  • €œAn umbrella€. €“ €œAn umbrella€.


    In order to refer to us to something in a conversation for the first time:

  • €œI have to new bike€. €“ €œI have a new bike€.

  • €œI just met to girl from Murcia€. €“ €œI finish knowing a girl of Murcia€.


    To designate professions (in this case, difference of the Spanish in which the profession does not require to be preceded of article):

  • €œI a.m. an to engineer€. €“ €œI am engineer€.

  • €œShe is to writer€. €“ €œShe is writer€.


    Nationalities and religions:

  • €œJohn is an Englishman€. €“ €œJohn is English€.

  • €œIv¡n is to catholic€. €“ €œIv¡n is catholic€.


    With the names of the days of the week, when we are not talking about to a concrete day:

  • €œI was born on to Friday€. €“ €œI was born Friday€.

  • €œCould I eats to over on to Saturday sometime€ €“ €œA Saturday Could come someday€.


    In order to refer us for an example of something:

  • €œThe mouse had to tiny not€. €“ €œThe mouse had a very small nose€.

  • €œIt was to very strange to bear€. €“ €œEra a very strange bear€.


    With exclamative expressions in English:

  • €œWhat to Nice day€ €“ €œWhat so beautiful day€.

  • €œWhat an ugly cat€. €“ €œWhat uglier cat€.

  • €œShe is such to beautiful girl€. €“ €œShe is a so gorgeous girl€.


    In order to designate to an individual or object as
    of a class:

  • €œTo wand is to better they than to dragoon€. €“ €œA baryta is better than a dragoon€.

  • €œTo chocolate cake is the queen among the cakes€. €“ €œThe chocolate cake is the queen between cakes€.


    In front of preceded own names of a title, when it translates the idea of €œso€:

  • €œThere is to door Mr.Voldemort AT the€. €“ €œThere is so Mr. Voldemort in the door€.

  • €œMr. Frodo, to Mr Sauron you invite U.S. to beer outside the region€. €“ €œMr. Frodo, a certain Sauron invites us to a beer outside the region€.


    In front of expressions that indicate a guaranteed amount of things or people:

  • €œTo lot of muffins€. €“ €œMany magdalenas€.

  • €œTo feet dozen of€. €“ €œA dozen of pies€.


    Accompanying to own names and turning it into a common name:

  • €œTo bottle of La Rioja€. €“ €œA bottle of La Rioja€.

  • €œTo McMillan€. €“ €œA member of the McMillan clan.


When they aren't had to use €œTo€ and €œAn?

The indefinite articles are omitted:

    In front of nouns in plural:

  • €œYou dog see houses to over there€. €“ €œYou can see houses there€.

  • €œThere plows bananas in the fridge€. €“ €œThere are bananas in the refrigerator€.


    In front of abstract names in phrases with philosophical sense (€œHappiness€, €œJustice€, €œFear€, €œHelp€, €œLove€, €œFuture€, €œHope€,€¦):

  • €œHonesty is rare€. €“ €œThe honesty is rare€.

  • €œHope is necessary to go on€. €“ €œThe hope is necessary to follow ahead€.


    In front of names of meals:

  • €œDoes mr Gandalf, what trick out of is breakfast? € €“ €œMr. Gandalf, to what time is it the breakfast€

  • €œViolet lady, to dinner is served€. €“ €œViolet lady, dinner is served€.


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