English Articles A & An – 30 Days of English – Day 9 – Free English Course | TIPSY YAK

Hey Friends! Welcome back to 30 Days of English,
I’m Kristen with TIPSY YAK….and today is day 9. And I am drinking a Zoigl beer. Make
sure to go grab yourself something as well and we’ll get started. So, today we are talking
about the articles a and an together…because they go together. I’m going to tell you 4
things about these articles…so, first I’m going to tell you how to pronounce each…second
I’m going to tell you why and when to use it, third I’m going to tell you when to use
a and an….and 4th, I’m going to tell you how to add adjectives in with article and
noun as well. First thing you need to do before we start….is to make sure that you have
seen the videos from day 1 and day 4…because this video builds off of those. So if you
haven’t seen those two, you might be lost here…so make sure and watch those first.
For those of you who have already seen those two, let’s just move forward. First how to
pronounce a and an. As you can hear, I don’t say a…of course we say a when we are saying
the letters of the alphabet…a b c d..but when it’s a word, when it’s and article in
a sentence, we just make that lovely sound we learned on day 1, uh, uh. A dog, a cat,
a person, a man, a woman….a. That’s all it is. Now you might have learned in school
that sometimes you should say and sometimes you should say uh….but no, just use uh all
the time and you’re good. The other one is an. And it sound just like it looks…an.
It sounds like the woman’s name, or it sounds like the word and without the d. An. So, first
of all…I just want to explain why you have to use this…..because you have to use this….that’s
the thing in English, you have to use articles. If you’re speaking without articles you do
not sound native….you do not sound close to native…you have to add the articles in
to sound native. So, for people’s native language doesn’t use articles…you just can’t understand
why we use these crazy words…and you know what…they don’t really make a lot of sense.
But I’m going to explain why we use them. In English, nouns require an amount…we need
to know how much of something….why, again…I’m not sure. But that is what we do. That is
the rule. So, you have to give an amount in front of a noun. This a or an in front of
a noun acts as the amount of 1…it’s like saying 1 dog, 1 apple…a dog, an apple. It
replaces one. So these words can only go in front of countable nouns. And you have to
use them. Sometimes you use the…but we’re learning that on a different day. You can
only use a or an in front of countable nouns…you never use them in front of uncountable nouns.
The other thing to know is that we only put a and an in front of singular nouns….meaning
a noun that is just 1…a noun that is not plural. So you can’t say a dogs…right, dogs
means more than one, so you just say a dog. Like I said…a or an means 1 so the noun
coming after it also has to be singular. So, like I said…sometimes you use a or an and
sometimes you use the. And like I said, we’re not going to talk about the today…but let’s
talk about when you use a or an. You use a or an for general things….or times you are
being nonspecific. A or an in front of nouns means one of many. So, I have a dog…there
are many many many millions of dogs in the world and I only have one of many. One of
the millions. So, I have a dog. I have a dog. So, you use a and an in front of general nonspecific
things. When you’re not talking about a specific thing…you’re just mentioning that you have
one of many…or you are one of many…or it is one of many. So the other thing that
comes with this, when you’re speaking about something that’s general or nonspecific is
that it’s almost never going to be the subject of a sentence. You use a and an usually in
the object of a sentence….I have a dog. Can I have an apple? We have a car. So, you
almost always put it at the end of a sentence because it would be kind of weird to start
the beginning of a sentence with something really general or nonspecific…maybe in like
textbooks…but we don’t speak that way…and that’s what we’re talking about here. So,
for spoken English you wouldn’t use it at the beginning. OK, so when should you use
a and when should you use an. You use a in front of words that start with a consonant
sound…and you use an in front of words that start with a vowel sound. So like a car…an
apple. The idea is to say two vowel sounds in a row is difficult….a apple. So we add
the end to make it easier a car, an apple. And sometimes you’ll also want to add adjectives
in to describe something. So the article matches the adjective, not the noun. For example I
say a car. But if I want to say that your car is orange…then I have to say an orange
car….an orange car. So, that’s how you add adjectives in. So, that’s all I have to tell
you today about the articles a and an. I hope this helped you out and I’m looking forward
to seeing you again tomorrow for day 10 of 30 Days of English. Have a fabulous day! Cheers

9 thoughts on “English Articles A & An – 30 Days of English – Day 9 – Free English Course | TIPSY YAK”

  1. it is not complexly for comprehend but it requires automatic in used…. What did i say? )) It is not hard to understand but it is not easy to use fluently. So is it right? ))

  2. Hello Tipsy!

    You have a great way of your video classes. They are interesting and fun.
    But it would be much better if the name of each video episode included it's topic.

  3. It's the hardest part for me, all exceptions are crazy ) I always forget to use articles in conversation )

  4. Excellent video!! Clear pronunciation!! Sincerelly, this is the best tips that I have ever studied.

  5. Hi my favourite teacher! Excellent explanations! I have learned with your videos. They are very clear! Thanks a lot. Bye for now.

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