unit51 - 3 Use a When we are talking about a noun for the...

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Unit 51: A / AN / SOME / ANY We can use these words at the beginning of a noun phrase (Unit 45). We use a / an for singular nouns (a plate / an apple) and some / any for plurals and mass nouns (some plates / any fruit) (Unit 56). 1 A or an Use an if the next word begins with a, e, i, o, u: an a unt an e xam an i dea an o ld man an u ncle BUT if we say u as in you: a u niversity a u sed car Use a if the next word begins with any other letter: a c ousin a t est a t hought a y oung man a b oat BUT if h is silent: an h our an h onest man 2 Some or any Use some in affirmative sentences: He’s got some news. (Unit 5) Use any in negative sentences: I haven’t got any news. (Unit 5) We normally use any in questions (BUT look at Unit 9).
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Unformatted text preview: 3 Use a When we are talking about a noun for the first time and we do not understand which: There is a man at the door. But I don’t know who he is. She bought some oranges. I don’t know which oranges. She didn’t buy any apples. A bottle of water, please. NOT one bottle; (Unit 59) b Also for these words of quantity: a few, a little, a lot of, a pair, a hundred, a thousand, a million and for rates: forty kilometres an hour (NOT the hour), eighty cents a pound NOTICE: a / an / some / any or the or nothing? (Unit 54) NOTICE: something / anything = a thing somewhere / anywhere = a place someone / anyone / somebody / anybody = a person...
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