Posted by John on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 4:58pm.
1. He is a very kind boy.
2. A fox is a cunning animal.
(Is the meaning of 'a' before 'very' the same as the meaning of 'a' before 'cunning'?)
3. Once there lived an old man.
4. Once there lived one old man.
(In this sentence does 'an' mean 'one'? Are both the same?)
English - Writeacher, Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 5:01pm
1 and 2 -- Yes, "a" indicates there's one.
3 and 4 are about the same, but 3 is smoother.
English - GuruBlue, Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 5:02pm
The "a" is a modifier of the nouns - boy and animal...
"an" means "one".
English - Marth, Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 5:12pm
"an" is used instead of "a" when the following word starts with a vowel, such as "old man"
English - PsyDAG, Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11:17am
It might help a little more to distinguish between the use of "a" and "the."
It is a correct answer.
It is the correct answer.
In this case, "a" infers it is one of other correct answers. In contrast, "the" indicates that it is the only correct answer.
I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.
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