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"An" is used instead of "a" when the following word starts with a vowel sound. Vowel sounds are the sounds of the letters a, e, i, o, u.

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grammar is modifier

"a 1" is a type of small common word

"a 1" is a part of the expression: all of a sudden, of a mind to, of a sort

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Meaning 1


A modification of the meaning of the next word and indicates one (any) person, thing, etc but not a particular one. Created to expand on meaning of words and can modify a large number of words.

Examples of how the word is used

a illustration So, you want to buy a cat?
a illustration We will send the gift in a box!