Hi guys, I'm doubt, Would I like to know why is A woman rather than an woman?
P.S: Sorry for my bad English, I'm just a schoolboy ending the high school, I'm native Portuguese speaker, but my question is, since that w has vowel sound, I would like the why isn't " an woman".
In English, "AN" is used for a countable noun with the initial sound pronounced as a vowel "A, E, I, O, U", for example : an orange/ˈɑːrɪndʒ/. You should remember that the initial sound of a word PRONOUNCED as a vowel, not the initial letter written, for example: "a university"/ˌJuːnɪˈvɜːrsəti /, not "an University". "A" is use for a countable with the initial sound pronounced as a consonant "B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T, V, X, Z". If you don't know how exactly a word is pronounced, you should look up in a dictionary to see its transcription.
In Italian there is "Femmina", "Donna (woman) ", "Signora(Lady). I hope you don't think that in English 'woman' has the same meaning of 'lady', because otherwise you'd be terribly wrong. The very same difference exists in Italian. As for the reference to toilets, I don't see how such exemple should be of any help :-) it is just a British way of defining things.
the spoken element ( type what you hear ) spoils what is otherwise an excellent course for me. I play it several times and listen carefully, but I simply cannot distinguish the definite from the indefinite article. It is very frustrating when it tells me I am wrong, I type what I hear, ( la donna when it should be una donna )
How can I move on when I cannot get all the questions right ? Please dont say
get a hearing aid it is the quality of the sound not the volume!
a = one = 1 = uno (masculine before certain groups of letters), un (masculine before most words and vowels), una (feminine before most words), un' (feminine before vowels)
un uomo = a/one man uno scoiattolo = a/one squirrel (male word) una donna = a/one woman un'anatra = a/one duck (feminine word
Well everyone knows at least two words: PIZZA and SPAGHETTI!!! Fun Fact: Did you know that pizza started out as a crust that the common people used, to make a cheap, edible plate that anyone could make with WATER, FLOUR, and OIL. They cooked mostly VEGETABLES with a little mozzarella and HERBS and it became a popular food among the common people. Lo and behold, the QUEEN visited a quaint little town and saw people eating PIZZA. So she wanted some. And a pizza chef made her one with GREEN PEPPERS, TOMATOES, and MOZZARELLA for the colors of the Italian FLAG. Also, Italians do not put as much sauce or cheese on their food AT ALL as much as Americans do, which includes me.
uno is used as a number and an article The first thing we have to remember is article and adjectives are modified to match the noun they are attached to in gender and number. Number 1 can therefore be una or uno.
when used as the article or adjective(modifies the noun) we can have Un', una, un or unos.
" un' " is used before a feminine (F) noun beginning with a vowel, "una" is used before a F noun beginning with a consonant. "uno" is used before M nouns beginning with "gn" or "s_" (eg st_ , sr_ etc) consant clusters and "z" while "un" is used for all other nouns including those beginning with vowels