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Indefinite Articles 'A' or 'An'
You will need to remember which letters are vowels for this quiz.

Indefinite Articles 'A' or 'An'

This quiz helps children identify which indefinite article to use. This quiz should be used after KS1 children have learned which letters are vowels. Becoming familiar with when to use the indefinite article ‘A’ or ‘An’ helps their sentence level as required by the National Curriculum. In addition, it adds a feather in their English and literacy cap.

Instead of ‘a’, if a word begins with a vowel, we write ‘an’. If we wrote ‘elephant’ but there was one, we would write ‘an elephant’ because the word begins with an ‘e’, a vowel. We always write ‘an’ for words beginning with vowels.

See if you know when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’.

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1.
Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
egg
oven
ice cube
cake
We would normally put the indefinite article in front of a noun or an adjective.
2.
Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
orange
red
yellow
blue
These are the colours of the rainbow. All the other colours would have 'a' in front of them, like 'a blue coat'.
3.
Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
excited
overwhelmed
tired
amused
We would write 'a tired woman'. The term for learning about 'a' or 'an' is called the indefinite article.
4.
Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
goat
elk
hedgehog
bunny
An elk is a type of deer.
5.
Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
bug
insect
bee
wasp
Most insects hatch from eggs.
6.
Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
assortment
arrangement
animal
toy
We could say it is an assortment of toys, or a toy.
7.
Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
seal
otter
octopus
eel
We would say 'a seal' and all the others begin with a vowel and would have 'an' in front of them.
8.
Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
banana
strawberry
grape
apple
The word 'apple' begins with an 'a', which is a vowel. Because the word begins with a vowel, we would write 'an apple'.
9.
Which answer is correct?
an rose
an garden
a rose
a orange flower
The words 'a' and 'an' mean one, so if you are writing about roses, you wouldn't use either indefinite article.
10.
Let's recap. Which letters are the five vowels?
aeiou
abcde
vwxyz
aoyui
Great! Now you know the five vowels, you'll know to write 'an' in front of a word that starts with one.
Author:  Finola Waller

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