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    Smile how to use an in enligsh

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    Re: how to use an in enligsh

    Quote Originally Posted by jjmanuel View Post
    hello
    We use 'an' before the single noun or adjective when the first letter is a,o,e,i .

    example : I had an offensive criticism yesterday .

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    Re: how to use an in enligsh

    I would add this note. Use 'an' before a noun or adjective that begins with a VOWEL SOUND, not just a vowel. Examples:

    I waited for an hour. (The 'h' in hour is not pronounced, so it begins with a vowel sound. Use 'an' with hour.)

    I will transfer to a university next year. (University begins with a vowel letter, but it pronounced with a starting /j/ or 'y' consonant sound. So, use 'a'.)

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    Re: how to use an in enligsh

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad Safwat View Post
    We use 'an' before the single noun or adjective when the first letter is a,o,e,i .

    example : I had an offensive criticism yesterday .
    You are right generally. Offensive does begin with a vowel sound. However, criticism is not a 'countable' noun in English. So, you can't receive 'a criticism'. I would say:

    I got/received some offensive criticism yesterday.

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    Re: how to use an in enligsh

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry081958 View Post
    You are right generally. Offensive does begin with a vowel sound. However, criticism is not a 'countable' noun in English. So, you can't receive 'a criticism'. I would say:

    I got/received some offensive criticism yesterday.

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