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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

"an 1" is a type of small common word


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

Examples of how the word is used

an illustration An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
an illustration Even though an eel may look more like a slithering snake, it is a fish.