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  • Hi everybody and welcome to this video.

  • In this video, we're going to talk about using 'a' or 'an'.

  • Okay.

  • We use 'a' or 'an' in front of nouns.

  • Well, what is a noun?

  • A noun is a person, place, thing, or animal.

  • Okay, so let's look at the board.

  • The first noun we have isbanana”.

  • banana”, starts with the consonant 'b'.

  • So, we put “a banana”.

  • “a banana”.

  • Look at the next word. “Apple”.

  • In this case, the first letter is 'a'.

  • 'a' is a vowel.

  • Remember the vowels are a, e, i, o, u,

  • so we have to put 'an'.

  • an apple”.

  • cat”. Hmmm.

  • The first letter, 'c', is a consonant.

  • So, should we put, 'a' or 'an'?

  • Remember, if it's a consonant, we have to put 'a'.

  • “a cat”.

  • The next word, “boy”.

  • Again, the word starts with a consonant: 'b'.

  • So, we have to say, “a boy”.

  • The next word, “egg”, has the letter 'e' in front.

  • 'e' is a vowel.

  • So, what do we put?

  • We put 'an'.

  • If we read it, it sounds likean egg.”

  • an egg”.

  • Okay, and the last word isant”.

  • antstarts with the vowel 'a'.

  • So again, we must put……”an ant”.

  • an ant”.

  • Now, let's go through these words together.

  • “a banana”. “a banana”.

  • an apple”. “an apple”.

  • Keep in mind that when you have 'an' in front,

  • it has to sound like almost one word.

  • an apple”. “an apple”.

  • “a cat”. “a cat”.

  • “a boy”. “a boy”.

  • an egg”. “an egg”.

  • an egg”.

  • Again, it sounds like one word.

  • "an egg". "an ant" "an ant"

  • "an ant"

  • Okay. Let's move on the next part.

  • Okay, let's do some extra practice.

  • Ahhh, I have some nouns on the board.

  • Remember, a noun is a person, place, thing or animal.

  • So let's go through them one by one.

  • “a book”, “bookis a thing.

  • It's a thing that we read.

  • park”, is a place. It's a place we go.

  • umbrellais a thing.

  • Right. Umbrella is a thing that we use when it's raining.

  • elephant”. “elephantis an animal.

  • doctor”. “doctoris a person.

  • Andorange”. "orange" is a thing that we eat.

  • Okay. Now, I'm going to say 'a' or 'an' in front of the nouns.

  • I want you to listen and see if you can hear the difference.

  • Okay

  • We havebook”.

  • In that case we say, “a book”. “a book”.

  • We have to say, “a book”.

  • Okay

  • The next one ispark”.

  • We say, “a park”. “a park”.

  • Remember, we put 'a' in front of words that begin with consonants.

  • 'b' and 'p' are consonants.

  • That's why we say, “a book”, “a park”.

  • Okay

  • How about the next word?

  • an umbrella”.

  • an umbrella”.

  • Could you here the difference? “an umbrella”.

  • We say 'an' because umbrella starts with a vowel: 'u'.

  • an umbrella”.

  • Okay… “elephant”.

  • We should we say?

  • an elephant”. “an elephant”.

  • Again, 'elephant' starts with a vowel.

  • “a doctor”. “a doctor”.

  • “a doctor”.

  • And the last word, “an orange”. “an orange”.

  • Again, we have to say, “an orangebecause 'o' is a vowel.

  • So, let's go through each word one more time.

  • “a book”. “a book”.

  • Okay

  • “a park”. “a park”.

  • an umbrella”. “an umbrella”.

  • Notice it sounds like one word.

  • an umbrella”.

  • an elephant” “an elephant

  • “a doctor” “a doctor

  • And the last one.

  • an orange” “an orange

  • Okay. So that's the end of this video.

  • I hope you can remember when to use 'a' and 'an'.

  • Okay, thank you. Bye.

Hi everybody and welcome to this video.

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