In this English lesson, you will learn how to use the indefinite article (a, an)
Dans ce cours, vous allez apprendre l'article indéfini en anglais.
“a”, “an” and “the” are articles. They are types of determiners and they modify nouns.
“a” and “an” are indefinite articles. This means "not specific" so they refer to non-specific instances of a noun.
The most common use is when it is the first time we refer to an instance of a noun.
In this video lesson, I explain the grammar rules and all of the other situations of when to use indefinite articles.
There are some grammar exercises at the end of the lesson.
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Dear Andrew, first of all, thanks so much for your precious lesson.
I have an important doubt
In this sentence:
The museums are AN essential spreading centres of culture as well AN important spreading mechanisms of human history.
Should I use the article AN? After your class,I think that because of the plurals nouns, mechanisms and centres, I shouldn't use.
Thanks one more time!
Why do we use "the names" in this sentence?
Use "the" with the names of famous buildings, works of art, museums, or monuments.
Why do we not use "the names" in the following one?
Use "the" with names of geograhical areas, rivers, mountain ranges, groups of islands, canels, and oceans.
We can not use "a and an" before sport names , can't we???..example : I play a football or I play football? We like to play a hockey or We like to play hockey??? Which are them is true? Please answer me. Thanks a lot.
at the beginning you said articles never modify an adjective but in later you said we will see word after the article. in example marks is driving an excellent car. excellent is an adjective please explain???
I loved your English videos. They are excellent in term of well explanation and a lot of examples. I wish you with great health and luck!!
By the way, in this video, I would like to learn how to read the phonetic alphabet (ˈziːroʊ/). Would you please lead me to a correct path? I googled but very tedious by reading through all the details.
Greatly appreciated all your hard works!!
I've a question?
Oxford learners online dictionary meaning for the word "Pulp"
[singular, uncountable]a soft wet substance that is made especially by crushing something.
Cook the fruit gently until it forms a pulp.
Mash the beans to a pulp.His face had been beaten to a pulp (= very badly beaten).
Reduce the berries to a pulp.
Can somebody explain why there is an indefinite article before the word pulp and also what is the meaning of [singular, uncountable] noun in the example sentences
Cook the fruit gently until it forms a pulp. [a pulp = a cup of pulp or a mass of pulp?]
I mean 'a pulp' is a contraction for 'a mass of pulp'?
Dictionary markings with [Singular, Uncountable], can we use a/an before the noun?
Thanks for your videos, it is very useful.
Thanks in advance.
Ranjith P V
I always thank you teacher
I have a question
1) I go bathroom
2) I go to bathroom
3) I go to the bathroom
Are these sentences all grammatically correct? If these are,
Can you explain me an obvious distinction between these three?
Andrew, Thanks for the lesson!
1)If I get it right, an expression "What an honor" (I've heard that in an American TV show) will be incorrect, since the word 'honor' is uncountable.Does this rule stay strong in spoken English?Doesn't it sound weird for native speakers to say 'what honor'? Is it a general rule for both British and American English?
2)In the following sentence: 'Both of them entered college after finishing high school' there is no article before 'college'.Would you explain me why?I put an indefinite article 'a' and it turned out to be incorrect.
Sorry for weighting you down with my questions, but your explanations are very definite and clear, so I hope you'll help!
Hello Andrew .....
How are you today ??? I hope you r well
do you remember me .. hhhhh ,, I'm Yasser , from Iraq
today I need your help in this question >> my question is about the definite article '' THE '' .
Q\ what is the difference between these sentences ???
1- Selma and Zainab watch the TV twice a week . ( with ''The '' )
2- Selma and Zainab watch TV twice a week . ( without '' The '' )
My friend told me \\ the first sentence is wrong ,,, we can't say (( the TV ))
but I said \\\ No , I don't think so .
I think we Can ... I think so
because '' TV '' is shortcut form or abbreviated form to Television .
and the second reason is , I talked about something is known . or specific object
so >> what do you think . Am I right ?
I m very confused ,,,,,,,,,,, please Help me . Andrew
+Yasser Al-abdeli Hello again, and yes of course I remember you. I hope you are well. :)
Your friend is right. This is the correct sentence: "Selma and Zainab watch TV twice a week." TV is one of the special cases. It's an expression and we don't need "the" before it in that situation.
Hello teacher How are you. l must to improv sentences where use insted l was l have been for example l was in Germany and where is diffrenc l have been in Germany. Did you watch the game England against Estonia? We had played against Albania in Tirana and there we had win 2-0 l felt so happy and excited. But yesterday we lost Serbia 1 Portugal 2 and l wasn't so happy but our team improv and getting better of yes Lazar Marković is injured and he didn't play to us. This week l must to learn English a lot of course with your lesson. See you
+Partizan Dinic It's a shame that Serbia didn't qualify. There are some good Serbian players in the Premier League. They are very popular. :) I am happy that England has qualified but I hope that the players aren't too confident because there are many other teams better than England!
I was also shocked that the Netherlands didn't qualify!
+Crown Academy of English Congratulate!!! England finished qualifying with maximum points. Serbia don't go to France at Europen Championsip and l am so sad... But l will support England because of you and l like English football. Thanks teacher for your lesson of you l am very improve with you l getting better every day and l am very grateful to you. To night l study almost every night only with your lesson. When l come someday in Liverpool we must go to watch the Liverpool!
+Partizan Dinic Hi, yes I read the bad news about Serbia against Portugal. I knew that you would be disappointed. :( It's England's last game tomorrow against Lithuania. We have already qualified so I think the manager will select lots of young players. :)
Here I've three questions for you. Please answer them to make me clear.
1. In this video you've used a sentence (after 16:00) "Andrew is an English teacher.". I think this sentence is wrong as because I've read in a book that "English teacher" is wrong, instead of this the correct usage is "teacher of English". Am I right? or you've used it correctly. Please explain.
2. As you have explained that for exclamations we use articles "a/an" for example "What a surprise!". Here I've a confusion. Before asking this I say sorry in advance as I'm using this sentence without any wrong intention. Very commonly we use an expression "What the fc#k!", here we use definite article "the". Is it correct or as per your explanation this sentence should be correct "What a fc#k!". Please clarify which one is correct?
3. At last I request you to make a wonderful lecture about the definite article "the". :-)
Thanks in advance. :-)
+Rajat Soni No you are wrong. "English teacher" is perfectly correct. Do you think that I do not know how to write my job title in my own language?! "teacher of English" is not wrong but it is very formal and is hardly ever used. The only context it *might* be used is in a very formal written advert for a job. But if you ask a teacher who teaches English what their job is, they will reply "I'm an English teacher." If they teach Chemistry, they will reply "Chemisty teacher", if they teach French, they will reply "French teacher" They won't reply "teacher of Chemistry" or "teacher of French"
Everybody watching this video knows that I teach English because this is an *English lesson.* on a YouTube channel specialised in teaching the English language. There is absolutely no risk of ambiguity. It is perfectly clear that "English" refers to the *subject* that I teach and *not* my nationality.
Furthermore, it's completely irrelevant! The sentence "I am *an* English teacher" in this video is obviously chosen because it is an excellent example of when to use "an" instead of "a" - If I write "teacher of English", then the example doesn't work because we would write "I'm *a* teacher of English." The whole purpose is to give my students clear examples of the particular grammar rule that I am teaching in a particular lesson. This lesson has the objective of teaching when to use a / an.
For "What the fc#k!" - No it is a totally different structure to the types of exclamation that I explain in this video. It is a separate expression "What the fc#k" is very bad English. I'm not going to spend time analysing grammar and explaining something that is bad English.
+Maha Edrees Hello and thanks for the comment and question.
In English, we consider that "advice" is a singular entity. A single mass of something. This is different to many other languages and that is why it confuses students! It is also why I mention it in this lesson. :)
Of course, we can create a countable sentence if we transform it using another word of measure:
Mark gave me some advice. (correct - advice is uncountable)
Mark gave me an advice. (wrong - advice is uncountable)
Mark gave me two advices. (wrong - advice is uncountable)
Mark gave me two *pieces* of advice (correct because *piece* is countable) - This is similar to "I drank two glasses of water." (this is correct because glass is countable.)
I explain countable and uncountable nouns in detail here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFUztCn_ldU&index=1&list=PL6BDo90oiwpSifmU3OsnQuex9lhBxuuOU
I hope that helps.
+mojahed salah Hello and thanks for your comment. I am sorry but I do not understand your question. I explain all the vowel and consonant sounds in this IPA video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8KppNXfx2k
Thank you Andrew for all these great lessons.
May you do a grammar lesson about uses and differences between Present Perfect Continuous Tense and Past Perfect Continuous Tense ? Would it be possible?
Thanks for everything
Excellent lesson. When l makeing mistike in my speaking or writing. is native english speaker can understand what l whant to ask them.
l improving every day with you but l must have more time because l stiil learning Thanks Mister Andrew.
l know l made mistike but most important l improving each day
Right now l will to watch your new lesson.
What do you think about Liverpool against Norwich may Liverpool to win.
l will play that game and l expect Liverpool must to win. l don't putting l lot of money only littel but l have fun
and if you can l would like answer before the game.
and right now l have focus to watch several your videos.
l improving a lots of English your lesson as always very useful Thanks teacher and sorry for too long comment
+sebastian alegria Yes, she is very famous in the UK because she has had such a long career. She's probably most famous for Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music but I don't really like musicals (that type of film).
+Ibra dz Hello and thanks for the comment and question.
"idea" is a *countable* noun. We can say "I have an idea." and we can also say "I have 3 ideas."
I have several lessons which explain countable and uncountable nouns and how to use them: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6BDo90oiwpSifmU3OsnQuex9lhBxuuOU
+Crown Academy of English hello again
i have one question
I thought that a noun idea, was uncountable noun
because we can not count idea ??
Please could you put more lessons of CONTIBLE AND UNCOUTIBLE NOUN for more detail ans exceptions
thank you dear Andew
+jyt80 I see. In that example, ""your favourite car is __ car number 7", yes we could add "the" but it is optional in fact. In fact, the best way to say it is "My favourite car is *the* 7th car." but I didn't want to complicate the definition of "specific." :)
+Crown Academy of English Oh! Thank you very much! But you don't understand my question. This is completely my fault. My question is why there is no the article in thins sentence: "your favourite car is __ car number 7". Anyway, I understand at all. Thanks again!
+jyt80 To add to my reply: Of course, the conversation with the salesman would use both "a" and "the":
Customer: I am interested in buying *a* car.
Salesman: Which car do you like?
Customer: I like number 7.
Salesman: Car number 7? Well *the* car is 5 years old......"
Customer: "How old is *the* car?"
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