Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,277
    #1

    What function is "a"?

    The person in charge of the campaign is a Mr. Yong, a lean, tall, rather arrogant man.

    What is the function of "a" in the sentence?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 66
    #2

    Re: What function is "a"?

    [quote=kohyoongliat;167122]The person in charge of the campaign is a Mr. Yong, a lean, tall, rather arrogant man.(=by Mr Yong)

    What is the function of "a" in the sentence?



    "A" is used to state what type of thing or person something or someone is
    Ex: (from Cambridge dictionary) Experts think the painting may be a Picasso.(=by Picasso)

  1. queenbu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Maltese
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 1,031
    #3

    Re: What function is "a"?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The person in charge of the campaign is a Mr. Yong, a lean, tall, rather arrogant man.

    What is the function of "a" in the sentence?

    Thanks in advance.
    This might be interesting.
    a can be placed before Mr / Mrs / Miss + surname:
    a Mr Smith
    a Mr Smith means 'a man called Smith' and implies that he is a stranger to the speaker.

    from Angol - 5. hét

    I don't know how reliable this source is but it makes sense.


    Also,
    We also use the indefinite article with proper nouns when we do not know the person we are talking about or we have very little information about them.

    Example
    A Mr. Smith has called. Do you know him? (Un señor Smith ha llamado. ¿Sabes quién es?)

    *Note: The proper noun has to be preceded by a title. In this case the noun "Mr." precedes the proper noun "Smith".
    from
    Learn English Indefinite Articles

Similar Threads

  1. How would I elicit the Function of Mixed Condtional Sentences?
    By mrkyorke@yahoo.com in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Mar-2007, 11:41
  2. help me with the "quick reply" function
    By hector51 in forum Support Area
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-Aug-2006, 02:33
  3. a function of being wise?
    By KuaiLe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Jul-2006, 02:52
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2006, 13:51
  5. function of be
    By hien in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2006, 16:55

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •