Before vowel sounds
- A is used when the following word could be any of a certain type. <> (Hausa equivalent) Galibi ba a amfani da a a Hausa sai dai a kan iya cewa ko fassara a da wani (not often used in Hausa, however wani is a close equivalent).
- Compare "A book I saw on the shelf" and "The book I gave you yesterday".
- (English grammar) a is called the indefinite article in English.
- A ranar nan. <> On that day.