Articles A/An are known as indefinite articles. Here are some rules for using Indefinite articles. These rules can be very useful in solving common errors problems in competitive exams.
Rule: Article A is used before a word beginning with a consonant sound.
- He is a European.
- He has a brief case.
- She has a bicycle.
Rule: Article An is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound.
- He is an MLA
- He has an umbrella
- He has an exe.
Rule: Indefinite article A/An is used before a singular countable noun when it is mentioned for the first time and it does not represent specific person or thing.
- Kamal lives in a bunglow.
- Yogeshwar is a lecturer.
- This is a river.
Rule: Indefinite article is used when a singular countable noun represents class of things or persons.
- A vehicle should be parked properly. (Vehicle = any vehicle, class of vehicles.
- A student needs guidance. (Student = any student, class of student)
- A cow is a friendly animal.
Rule: Indefinite article is used when a proper noun is used as common noun.
- He is a Hitler.
- She is a Lata Mangeshker
- You are a Beauty.