English

Fill in the blank with an appropriate option:
I will have to purchase __________ to iron my clothes. I don't have one.


ANSWER

An iron


SOLUTION

The sentence is about an object used to "iron (my) clothes", the object being 'an iron'.

An iron is a tool with a flat metal base that is used to flatten out clothes. The word 'iron' is a singular, countable noun.

Option D: Articles like 'an' are indefinite articles that are used for non specific nouns. We use 'an' when the noun begins with a vowel. In the given sentence, 'iron' is a non specific noun and begins with a vowel 'i'.

Hence we use the indefinite article 'an'.

So, this option is correct.

Option A: 'A sheet of iron' does not do the job of ironing clothes. The noun here refers to a tool used for flattening out clothes.

Option B: 'Some iron' isn't a suitable option. 'Some' is used for uncountable nouns, whereas 'iron' is countable. ('Iron' in 'some iron' refers to the metal iron.)

Option C: The article 'a' is used when the noun begins with a consonant. For example, the noun in 'a man', 'man' begins with a consonant 'm'. But 'iron' begins with a vowel, 'i'.

Hence options A, B and C are incorrect.

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