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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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*Adverbial as an *element of *clause structure.

The symbol is used in some modern analyses of clause

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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A. Choice Between a and an.

The indefinite article a is used before words beginning with a consonant sound,

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Now being printed more and more to represent the sound that replaces of in rapid (especially popular or informal) speech,

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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called the indefinite article (or, by some grammarians, determiner). In origin, a and its by-form an are versions of the

a, an

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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1 History.

In origin, a (and its by-form an), which is usually called the indefinite article, but now, by

a-word

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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A *word beginning with the syllable a and belonging to a class of words (some more like adjectives, others

a.

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

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Choice Between a and an.

The indefinite article a is used before words beginning with a consonant sound, including

a.m.

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

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Whether you use small capitals or lowercase, keep your document consistent throughout. The lowercase letters are now more common, and

a-

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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a prefix denoting lack of something or negation, represents Greek ἀ- before a consonant and becomes an- (Greek

a-

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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In origin a preposition, it is recorded from 1523 onwards in many literary works, (a) with be:

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