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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 2


A modification of the meaning of the next word and indicates that a person or thing is like (similar qualities) something else. Created to expand on meaning of words and can modify a large number of words.

Examples of how the word is used

a illustration He is a Romeo!
a illustration But the wisdom of a Socrates is as fresh today as it was those many long centuries ago.