“A” and “An” for Kids

A and An

There are 26 letters in the English Alphabet, they are classified into two parts: consonants and vowels. Vowel letters are “a, e, i, o, u” and sometimes y. The other letters in the alphabet are called consonants.

A / An
A / An

We use articles (a /an) before singular nouns:

  • We put “a” to singular nouns beginning with a consonant such as: a car, a girl, a bike, a zoo, a dog, etc.
  • We put “an” to singular nouns beginning with a vowel such as :an elephant, an egg, an apple, an igloo, an umbrella, etc.
  • We put “a” to singular nouns beginning with a consonant sound such as : a user ( when the first letter “ u “ sounds like ‘yoo’, so ‘a’ is used) a university, a uniform, etc.
  • We put “an” to nouns starting with silent “h”: an hour
  • We put “a” to nouns starting with a pronounced “h” such as: a horse.

Usage

Vowels for Kids
Vowels for Kids

Vowels are  “a, e, i, o, u” and sometimes y.

We use ‘an’ before a noun that begins with a vowel.

– Let’s take some examples:

  • an ant
  • an egg
  • an ice cream
  • an owl
  • an umbrella

Consonants are the other Letters in the Alphabet

Consonant Letters for Kids
Consonant Letters for Kids
 

We Use ‘a’ before Nouns that begin with a Consonant.

Let’s take some examples:

  • a tree
  • a bag
  • a cat
  • a mat
  • a hen

We use a and an with singular nouns. We use a before a consonant sound and an before a vowel sound. We use “a” or “an” not by the spelling but by the sound of the word.

  • If the word begins with a consonant sound, we use a, and if it begins with a vowel sound, we use an.

For Example:

  • a universal
  • a European
  • a unicorn
  • a university
  • a uniform
  • an hour
  • an honest
a and an for Kids
a and an for Kids

Complete the following with A / An:

  • ..a..man
  • ..a..hat
  • ..a..lamp
  • ..a..teacher
  • ..a..cat
  • ..a..book
  • ..an..hour
  • ..an..Egyptian
  • ..a..plane
  • ..a..pencil
  • ..an..eraser
  • ..an..octopus
  • ..an.. apple
  • ..an..egg
  • ..an..island
  • ..an..article
  • ..an..umbrella
  • ..an..hour
  • ..a..hamburger
  • ..a..hall
  • ..a..hat
  • ..a..dog
  • ..a..rabbit
  • ..a..Euro
  • ..a..unicycle
  • ..a..union,
  • ..a..unique
  • ..a..united
  • ..a..university
  • ..a..user
  • ..a..unicorn
  • ..an.. honesty
  • ..a…board
  • ..an..owl
  • ..an..umbrella
  • ..an..hour
  • ..an..honor
  • ..an..heir
  • ..an..heirloom
  • ..a..hacksaw
  • ..a..horse
  • ..a..house
  • ..an..umbrella
  • ..an..igloo
  • ..an..ant
  • ..an..egg
  • ..an..ice cream

Choose ( a – an ) :

1- This is ( a – an ) elephant.

2- That is ( a – an ) poster.

3- This is ( a – an ) apple.

4- It is ( a – an ) pencil.

5- That is ( a – an ) board.

6- It is ( a – an ) diamond.

7- That is ( a – an ) box.

8- This is ( a – an ) dog.

9- That is ( a – an ) marker.

10- It is ( a – an ) wastebasket.

11- It is  ( a – an ) globe.

12- That is ( a – an ) crayon.

13- It is ( a – an ) orange.

14- It is ( a – an ) ant.

15- It is ( a – an ) eye.

16- It is ( a – an ) notebook.

17- It is ( a – an ) eraser.

18- It is ( a – an ) pen.

19- It is ( a – an ) doll.

20- It is ( a – an ) book.

21- This is ( a – an ) cat.

22- This is ( a – an ) article.

23- This is ( a – an ) rabbit.

24- This is ( a – an ) egg.

25- This is ( a – an ) island.

26- This is ( a – an ) horse.

27- It is ( a – an ) ice cream.

28- It is ( a – an ) house.

29- It is ( a – an ) plane.

30- It is ( a – an ) octopus.

Answers:

1- an    2- a    3- an    4- a     5- a    6- a    7- a    8- a    9- a    10- a   11- a    12- a     13- an   

14- an     15- an    16- a    17- an    18- a    19- a    20- a   21- a   22- an     23- a     24- an

25- an    26- a     27- an     28- a    29- a     30- an

Complete with A / An:

1- This is…………..door.

2- That is…………finger.

3- This is……………knee.

4- It is………………church

5- That is …………..insect.

6- It is………………tractor.

7- That is……………girl.

8- This is……………dress.

9- That is…………color.

10- It is …………..letter.

11- It is……………school.

12- That is………ear.

13- It is ………….flag.

14- It is…………..curtain.

15- It is …………..umbrella.

16- It is …………..newspaper.

17- This is………….woman.

18- It is…………..rubber.

19- This is………….tape.

20- This is………….record.

21- This is………….flower.

22- This is………….dog.

23- It is…………… book.

24- It is……………pen.

25- It is……………eraser.

26- It is……………ruler.

27- She is ………. nurse.

28- He is ……………engineer.

29- He is ……….. doctor.

30- It is ………. bird.

Answer: 

1- a     2- a    3- a     4- a     5- an     6- a     7- a     8-  a      9- a     10- a      11- a       12- an   13- a

14- a    15- an    16- a     17- a     18- a      19- a       20- a     21- a      22- a        23- a       24- a

25- an     26- a      27- a      28- an       29- a        30- a

A and An LearningMole

Let’s Read the Sentences Together:

1- She is a nurse.

2- My father is a doctor.

3- I have a brother.

4- She is a great woman.

5- Mariam is a good student.

6- This is a table.

7- It’s a frog.

8- This is a sharpener.

9- This is an umbrella.

10- He has a ball.

11- She is eating an apple.

12- I have a banana.

13- A cow is a useful animal.

14- She doesn’t own a car.

15- I saw a bear at the zoo.

16- Mazen is a good student.

17- I have only an hour for lunch.

18- He is an excellent engineer.

19- So owns a car.

20- She is an actor.

21- I saw an Englishman.

22- I’m an engineer.

23- Sara saw an eagle in the window.

24- Dina read a book.

25- A man drove the car too fast.

26- Lily bought an umbrella.

27- Mohmed ate an orange.

28- Mina wants an ice cream cone.

29- I went to a restaurant.

30- Let’s play a game.

Let’s Remember:

There are 26 letters in the English Alphabet, they are classified into two parts: consonants and vowels.

We use articles ( a / an ) before singular nouns. We use ‘an’ before a noun that begins with a vowel and use “a” with the other letters in the alphabet, which are called consonants.

  • A cat.
  • An igloo.
  • A doll.
  • An ice cream
Share :

Best Plan

Individual
Access

£5.99 £1.99

/Month (First Month £1.99, £5.99 after)

Unlimited Access

New videos each month

Access to all subjects

Access to all ages

Other Resources

10 Interesting Facts About Eiffel Tower for Kids

Every country has its own share of monuments and famous attractions. They proudly stand up in a beautiful way, showing...

Read on
Hurricanes – 5 Interesting Facts about Hurricanes
Hurricanes – 5 Interesting Facts about Hurricanes

Fact Number One: Hurricanes are named after a Taino God Hurricanes are violent storms that form in a spiral over...

Read on

The best of the LearningMole geography tutorials. Follow for more great fun learning. To find out more about LearningMole please visit our about us page or visit more of our topics available. They include, science, maths, English and more.

Share :