KS1 English Quiz - Indefinite Articles 'A' or 'An' (Questions)

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. Let's recap. Which letters are the five vowels?
[ ] aeiou
[ ] abcde
[ ] vwxyz
[ ] aoyui
2. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] banana
[ ] strawberry
[ ] grape
[ ] apple
3. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] goat
[ ] elk
[ ] hedgehog
[ ] bunny
4. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] orange
[ ] red
[ ] yellow
[ ] blue
5. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] bug
[ ] insect
[ ] bee
[ ] wasp
6. Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
[ ] assortment
[ ] arrangement
[ ] animal
[ ] toy
7. Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
[ ] seal
[ ] otter
[ ] octopus
[ ] eel
8. Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
[ ] excited
[ ] overwhelmed
[ ] tired
[ ] amused
9. Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
[ ] egg
[ ] oven
[ ] ice cube
[ ] cake
10. Which answer is correct?
[ ] an rose
[ ] an garden
[ ] a rose
[ ] a orange flower
KS1 English Quiz - Indefinite Articles 'A' or 'An' (Answers)
1. Let's recap. Which letters are the five vowels?
[x] 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.
2. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] banana
[ ] strawberry
[ ] grape
[x] apple
The word 'apple' begins with an 'a', which is a vowel. Because the word begins with a vowel, we would write 'an apple'.
3. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] goat
[x] elk
[ ] hedgehog
[ ] bunny
An elk is a type of deer.
4. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[x] 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'.
5. Which of these words would you write 'an' in front of?
[ ] bug
[x] insect
[ ] bee
[ ] wasp
Most insects hatch from eggs.
6. Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
[ ] assortment
[ ] arrangement
[ ] animal
[x] 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?
[x] 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 'a' in front of?
[ ] excited
[ ] overwhelmed
[x] tired
[ ] amused
We would write 'a tired woman'. The term for learning about 'a' or 'an' is called the indefinite article.
9. Which of these words would you write 'a' in front of?
[ ] egg
[ ] oven
[ ] ice cube
[x] cake
We would normally put the indefinite article in front of a noun or an adjective.
10. Which answer is correct?
[ ] an rose
[ ] an garden
[x] 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.