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    question about article a or an

    hi i'm a learn english and i wanna know when can I use the article a or an I know little about, but sometime the rules no work for example i can use an if the next word is a vogal and a if a consonant for example A HOUSE or A MAN and AN ASK and AN ICE CREAM but like I said sometime this rules no work wich other rules have for this article

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    Re: question about article a or an

    Hello and welcome to the forums.

    The rule to using A or AN is to look at the first SOUND in the word that follows. You cannot go by the letter - some vowels have a consonant sound and some have a vowel sound.

    If it starts with an uh, eh, ih, a, ee, etc sound, it's a vowel sound.

    The U is the most confusing for most learners.
    An umbrella, but a university -- because university starts with a yoo sounds, not an uhh sound.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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