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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, ...


EXERCISES

A, An or Some - Exercises