English Language Learning




A – An – Some

A and an can only be used with nouns in the singular if we don't mean a special thing or person. Some can only be used in the plural if we don't know the exact amount of something or if we use nous we can not count, e.g. liquids.

Singular: a or an

a banana a car a monkey a football
an egg an accident an umbrella an eagle


Do you have a ball? - not a special ball

She doesn't have a sister. - not a special sister


Plural: some with countable nouns

some bananas some cats some monkeys some balls
some eggs some oranges some umbrellas some eagles


Buy some tomatoes, please. - not a special amount

They have some children, haven't they? - we don't know how many


Use some for things you can't count

some milk some water some coffee some sugar
some tea some juice some money some butter


Would you like some orange juice? - May I have some more honey?

We can't count juice or honey - only glasses, litre, tins, kilos, ...


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A, an or some - multiple choice exercise