a/an, the 友達です

どうやって生徒達に単数名詞の前に”a”をつけるのを忘れさせないようにさたか?彼らが毎週行なう事をもっと自然に、快適にさせるよう仕向けたのです。カレンダーブックに色を塗るとき彼らはクレヨンを貸してください。と頼まなくてはいけません。

日本語では一つでも複数でもクレヨンはクレヨン。数を最初からはっきり言う習慣が無い私たちにとっては慣れるまでが大変です。多くの日本人が間違えたり忘れてしまう部分です。

英語は簡単ではありませんが、もっと細かい情報まで伝えることができます。

a/an the in class.
a/an the in class.

単数名詞の前には a/an のどちらかが付きます。I have a yellow crayon. Can I have an orange crayon, please?

複数前には____ s(後ろに s)が付きます。I have 2 yellow crayons. May I have 2 orange crayons, please?

一つに満たないものにはどちらも付きません。Oh no! I have red crayon on my shirt.

そこで、生徒がクレヨンを借りるとき a を付け忘れて“Can I have red crayon, please?” と言った場合、彼らは小さく砕かれたクレヨンを使わなくてはいけません。もちろん手が汚れてしまうので、今度は “May I have “a” tissue, please?” ティッシュを(1枚)くださいと言わなくてはいけなくなります。

 

How did we get our students used to using “a” before a singularsingular
➤ (n) the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
➤ (s) unusual or striking
➤ (s) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
➤ (s) being a single and separate person or thing
➤ (a) composed of one member, set, or kind
➤ (a) grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
➤ (s) the single one of its kind
…by BeeDictionary.com
countable noun? Make it necessary for them to complete their weekly task more comfortably. When they color the day in their calendar books they have to ask, “May/Can I have a red crayon, please?”

Getting used to using “a” or “an” before a singularsingular
➤ (n) the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
➤ (s) unusual or striking
➤ (s) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
➤ (s) being a single and separate person or thing
➤ (a) composed of one member, set, or kind
➤ (a) grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit
➤ (s) the single one of its kind
…by BeeDictionary.com
noun in English is something Japanese students have trouble doing. The concept doesn`t exist in Japanese. In Japanese one, more than one, or part of one crayon would all be called クレヨン. (ku re yo n)

In English things are not so easy, but they more precise.

one – use a/an; a crayon. a blue crayon, a pink crayon, an orange crayon, etc.
I have a yellow crayon. Can I have an orange crayon, please?

more than one – use ____ s; crayons, 2 blue crayons, various crayons.
I have 2 yellow crayons. May I have 2 orange crayons, please?

less than one, part of one – no a/an, no ___s; crayon.
Oh no! I have red crayon on my shirt.

So, when we color the date in our calendar books and a student asks “Can I have red crayon, please?” they get a piece of red crayon. Then they have to ask for “a tissue.” They remember pretty quickly to use a / an.