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    Teaching the use of 'a' and 'an'

    Hi all,
    I would appreciate any ideas for activities that will help my daughter learn about when to use 'a' and 'an'. She is having some difficulty coming to terms with using them correctly. In addition, I've been having difficulty explaining it to her in terms that she can understand.
    She is 11 years old.
    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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    Re: Teaching the use of 'a' and 'an'

    Quote Originally Posted by biddi View Post
    Hi all,
    I would appreciate any ideas for activities that will help my daughter learn about when to use 'a' and 'an'. She is having some difficulty coming to terms with using them correctly. In addition, I've been having difficulty explaining it to her in terms that she can understand.
    She is 11 years old.
    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    I notice that you've said that English is your first language, Biddi, so I assume that it is also your daughter's first language.

    The thing that you have to realize is that no native speakers of any language learn the rules [the real rules] of their language in a conscious manner. That's knowing about your language and it's much much much different than simply knowing one's language.

    Perhaps if you gave some examples, we could offer something more.

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    Re: Teaching the use of 'a' and 'an'

    Yes, English is her first language. I am finding explaining this concept to her extremely difficult. As you said, I know why and when to use indefinite articles, but I just can't seem to explain it in terms that she understands.
    Here are a few examples from her writing:
    "The wild life is a important part of the environment."
    "If you ever see a injured animal you need to call a experienced person."
    She just uses 'a' all the time, rather than using 'an' where it is needed.

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