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nounWord forms: plurala's, A's or As1. the first letter and first vowel of the modern English alphabet2. any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in take, bag, calm, shortage, or cobra3. Also called: alphathe first in a series, esp the highest grade or mark, as in an examination4. See from A to Z
determiner(indefinite article; used before an initial consonant)1. used preceding a singularcountablenoun, if the noun is not previously specified or known ⇒ a dog, ⇒ a terrible disappointment2. used preceding a proper noun to indicate that a person or thing has some of the qualities of the one named ⇒ a Romeo, ⇒ a Shylock3. used preceding a noun or determiner of quantity ⇒ a cupful, ⇒ a dozen eggs, ⇒ a great many, ⇒ to read a lot4. used preceding a noun indicating a concrete or abstract thing capable of being divided ⇒ half a loaf, ⇒ a quarter of a minute5. (preceded byonce, twice, several times, etc)each or every; per ⇒ once a day, ⇒ fifty pence a pound6. a certain; one ⇒ to change policy at a stroke, ⇒ a Mr Jones called7. (preceded by not)any at all ⇒ not a hope▷ Comparean1▷ Seethe1
1. variable nounA is the first letter of the English alphabet.2. variable nounIn music, A is the sixth note in the scale of C major.3. variable nounIf you get an A as a mark for a piece of work or in an exam, your work is extremely good.4. A or a is used as an abbreviation for words beginning with a, such as 'acceleration', 'ampère', or 'answer'.5. → from A to B
(ə, STRONG eɪ) or an (ən, STRONG æn) for learners of English
A or an is the indefinite article. It is used at the beginning of noun groups which refer to only one person or thing. The form an is used in front of words that begin with vowel sounds.1. determinerYou use a or an when you are referring to someone or something for the first time or when people may not know which particular person or thing you are talking about. ⇒ A waiter entered with a tray. ⇒ He started eating an apple. ⇒ Today you've got a new teacher taking you. ⇒ I manage a hotel.2. determinerYou use a or an when you are referring to any person or thing of a particular type and do not want to be specific. ⇒ ...expensive make-up that we saw being advertised by a beautiful model. ⇒ I suggest you leave it to an expert. ⇒ Bring a sleeping bag. ⇒ I was waiting for a bus.3. determinerYou use a or an in front of an uncount noun when that noun follows an adjective, or when the noun is followed by words that describe it more fully. ⇒ There was a terrible sadness in her eyes. ⇒ He did have a real knowledge of the country. ⇒ Baseball movies have gained an appreciation that far outstrips those dealing with any other sport.4. determinerYou use a or an in front of a mass noun when you want to refer to a single type or make of something. ⇒ Bollinger 'RD' is a rare, highly prized wine.5. determinerYou use a in quantifiers such as a lot, a little, and a bit. ⇒ I spend a lot on expensive jewelry and clothing. ⇒ I've come looking for a bit of advice.6. determinerYou use a or an to refer to someone or something as a typical member of a group, class, or type. ⇒ Some parents believe a boy must learn to stand up and fight like a man. ⇒ ...the operation a patient has had.7. determinerYou use a or an in front of the names of days, months, or festivals when you are referring to one particular instance of that day, month, or festival. ⇒ The interview took place on a Friday afternoon. ⇒ It was a Christmas when shoppers passed by expensive silks in favor of more practical gifts.8. determinerYou use a or an when you are saying what someone is or what job they have. ⇒ I explained that I was an artist. ⇒ He was now a teacher and a respectable member of the community.9. determiner [DET n-proper]You use a or an in front of the names of people as a way of indicating that you do not know them or anything about them and you are saying their name for the first time. ⇒ The full address on a stick-on label was that of a Mrs P. R. Slater of Peterborough. ⇒ A Dr Matthew Owens was reported missing while on an expedition to north-eastern Turkey.10. determiner [DET n-proper]You use a or an in front of the names of people when you want to refer to someone else who has the same qualities or character as the person named. ⇒ When I listen to her play I can hear a new Nigel Kennedy.11. determiner [DET n-proper]You use a or an in front of a surname when you want to refer to someone who belongs to the family with that surname. ⇒ As far as I can recall, Patti was a Smith.12. determinerYou use a or an in front of the names of artists to refer to one individual painting or sculpture created by them. ⇒ Most people have very little difficulty in seeing why a Van Gogh is a work of genius.13. determinerYou use a or aninstead of the number 'one', especially with words of measurement such as 'hundred', 'hour', and 'metre', and with fractions such as 'half', 'quarter', and 'third'. ⇒ ...more than a thousand acres of land. ⇒ ...a quarter of an hour. ⇒ The skirts were shortened an inch or two.14. determinerYou use a or an in expressions such as eight hours a day to express a rate or ratio. ⇒ Prices start at £13.95 a metre for printed cotton. ⇒ The helicopter can zip along at about 150 kilometres an hour.
Was I a relative or perhaps a close friend of Mr Tedeschi's, she asked me.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONChristian was walking very slowly and I had my hand under his armpit, as if he too were a patient.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONHe said he thought this new campaign for his reprieve was a total waste of time.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONHe was gazing at the bench opposite us, which was next to a fountain that didn't work.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONIt seemed a pretty long way for Christian to commute every day.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONThen I had another idea: `Listen, I've got a tiny bit of dope on me, enough for a joint.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONWith his lank, greasy hair, dirtyjeans and John Lennonspectacles he looks like a seventies student.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONHis mother's death had put such a spring into his step that he almostbeat me to the dais.Lisa Scottoline RUNNING FROM THE LAW
Example sentences containing 'a'
A flat, nightmarish air of mid-afternoon seediness hung about the pub.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONA problem had arisen at work, an awkward matter which was the reason I'd phoned his wife yesterday.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONA woman with an open white coat appeared in the waiting room.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONA conveyancingsolicitor isn't going to be much good for you.Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOWA couple of mobilephoneslay ostentatiously on the table; beside them was a shinybrochure.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONA hotelporter showed me to a top-floor suite with sweeping views over HydePark.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONA childhoodmemory returned to me of a summer in the country.Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTIONA moment later a woman appeared at a corner of the room in which they sat.Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOWA bewilderedUncleSal scurried next to him, almost identically dressed, supported by Herman's tanned arm.Lisa Scottoline RUNNING FROM THE LAWA woman who liked to go, married to a man who wanted only to stay.Lisa Scottoline RUNNING FROM THE LAW