The Letter A — Grammar Lesson

(All Meanings & Usages)

The Letter “A” In The English Alphabet

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The Letter “A” is the first Letter in The English Alphabet.  It is also the first Vowel in The English Alphabet.  As with every Letter in The English AlphabetThe Letter “A” has two different versions in the written form.

These Two Different Versions Are Called:  The “Upper-Case” & The “Lower-Case”

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(The “Upper-Case” form is also referred to as the “Capital” form of any Letter.  However — there is no other correspondent alternative Term for the “Lower-Case” form.  But, it is common for Native English Speakers to colloquially refer to it as the “Small” version:  “Capital A” & “Small A” — But the Word “Small” is not a proper Grammatical Term.)

The “Upper-Case” Looks Like This:

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A

The “Lower-Case” Looks Like This:

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a

The Letter “A” In English Pronunciation

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In The Common Tongue of The English Language — you will hear that The Letter “A” can be Pronounced In Many Different Ways — depending on what other Letters surround the it — or, sometimes, depending on The Origin Of The Word itself.

But in Traditional Grammar — there are considered to be only two sounds for The Letter “A”.  This is even though each of those “two sounds” have different variations.

The Terms That Refer To Those “Two Sounds” Are:  “The Long A” & “The Short A”

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(If you click on the Terms for the “two sounds” above, or the boxes below — you will be taken to articles that fully demonstrate and explain the variations of these “two sounds” — as well as explaining the obviously ignored mistakes of thinking of them as only “Two” sounds in Traditional Grammar.)

The So-Called “Long A”:

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Aa

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(click anywhere in this box to go to the article)

The So-Called “Short A”:

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Aa

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(click anywhere in this box to go to the article)

Examples Of The “Long A”:

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        • Air
        • Mate
        • Plate
        • Fame
        • Angel

Examples Of The “Short A”:

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The Letter “A” In English Grammar

As stated above — The Letter “A” is the first Letter in The English Alphabet, and it is also the first Vowel.  But, in addition to just being a Letter — it also has a Grammatical Classification.

The Letter “A” Is Also Used As One Of The Indefinite Articles In Both Traditional Grammar, And The Grammar Of The Common TongueA WordA TermA Phrase

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It is used to signify “One” of something — of-which there COULD be many — and is used in-front-of Nouns, & Adjectives which describe Nouns — that start with a Consonant or Consonant Sound.  (As demonstrated above.)

And That’s That!

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