Raising attainment through entertainment and learning through laughter.


Vowels & Consonants


A, E, I, O and U are vowels.

Vowels are letters that make a sound without the mouth or throat closing.

We would use ‘a’ if the following word began with a consonant.

a dog
a cat
a mouse


We would use ‘an’ if the following word began with a vowel.

an eel
an octopus
an insect

Remember, beware exceptions to the rules.

When deciding whether to use ‘a’ or ‘an’, the decision is made based on the sound of the letter.

an honest mistake
a hippopotamus

The letter ‘h’ makes a different sound in these words, so we choose our article accordingly.


Your Turn…

1. What is a vowel?
A french letter
A german letter
a, e, i, o, u

2. What is a consonant?
A french letter
A german letter
Any letter apart from a, e, i, o, u

3. Which indefinite article do we use with a vowel?
a magazine

4. Which indefinite article do we use with a consonant?
A magazine

5. Which letter can sometimes be treated as a vowel?

Score =
Correct answers:


Got them all right? Click the button for your certificate.

No cheating, or Finley will eat you!

Company Information

The Punctuation Show and everything on this site is owned by PODCASTREVISION LTD
Director: Barrie McDermid
Company number - 06990962
VAT Reg - 978 170187
Public Liability Insurance cover for £1,000,000

The mission of The Punctuation Show is to raise attainment through entertainment and encourage pupils to learn through laughter. We aim to please in everything we do and will go out of our way to provide outstanding customer service.

Connect with The Punctuation Show on Social Media

Connect with us on the platform of your choice to get updates of what The Punctuation Show is doing and for offers, resources and competitions.

Mailing list:

By signing up to our newsletter, you get free resources in your inbox regularly to save your precious time. What's not to like?