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Articles: only three short words. A, A-N, T-H-E, …and all three are adjectives, because …they modify nouns and pronouns. …“A” and “an” modify a general noun or pronoun …and are called indefinite articles. …I would like to read a book. …An employee policy was passed. …“A book” could be any book, …or “an” one of many employee policies. …Next, even though “a” and “an” are both indefinite articles, …each needs to follow its own set of rules. …“An” comes before words beginning with vowels, …A, E, I, O, and most words beginning with the vowel U, …as well as those words that begin with a silent H. …An announcement, an election, …an incident, an ocean, an unusual event, an hour. …“A” on the other hand precedes words …beginning with consonants, all those letters …except the vowels, including words pronounced …with the H and those U words that begin with a Y sound. …European, for example. …If we were to spell that phonically, it would be Y-E-R. …A celebration, a building, a manager, …a vacation, a horse. A university sounds like Y-O-U. …
- Why does grammar matter?
- Diagramming sentences
- Understanding pronouns
- Working with adjectives and adverbs
- Making sentences parallel
- Deciding when to use active and passive voice
- Using commas correctly
- Practicing grammar rules