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    "an" /"one"

    Hi, I need some help.What is the difference in these two sentences?

    Give me an apple.
    Give me one apple.

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    Re: "an" /"one"

    The second is specifically saying that you want one apple, not two or three apples. The first is less definite.

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    Re: "an" /"one"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The second is specifically saying that you want one apple, not two or three apples. The first is less definite.
    Doesn't "an" mean "one"?

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    Re: "an" /"one"

    Quote Originally Posted by joyce6 View Post
    Doesn't "an" mean "one"?
    No

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    Re: "an" /"one"

    Sorry, could you be more clear?

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    Re: "an" /"one"

    As I suggested in post #2, one is a number, 1. It is used in contrast to with other numbers such as two,2 , and three, 3. A/an is less definite. It is used in contrast to plurality in general rather than specific numbers.

    I have a pen, Winnie has a pencil, and Kemal has some crayons.
    I have one pen, Winnie has two pens, and Kemal has four.

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    Re: "an" /"one"

    Quote Originally Posted by joyce6 View Post
    Sorry, could you be more clear?
    In a number of European languages, the indefinite article and the number one are the same word. In English, they have different usages, as 5jj has explained.

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