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    Default Grammar question: a vs. an

    Hullo!

    Question: It seems it's correct to say "She's a university student." Why "a" and not "an" when the next letter is a vowel?

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    *Not a teacher

    Because you use "an" before a vowel sound.

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Yes, it's based on the sound:

    an umbrella
    a university

    an egg
    a European

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Meaning /j/ is a semi-consonant, which doesn't count as a vowel for liaison purposes.

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Aaaaahhhh...okay, I hear it now. Hahaha I had to practice that a few times before the light bulb went off.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    :) I also have difficulties with this one.. an versus a

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    you shouldn't look at the spelling. University really begins with a semivowel /j/, that's why a and not an.

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    it depends on the sound of the first letter of the word.
    an umbrella
    a uniform

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Quote Originally Posted by tutorle View Post
    i think this sentence is not correct. according to me it should be

    "She is an university student"
    You are wrong.

    Read the answers posted by SirGod, Tdol,honungursvia, nanaguerna and thai_vfu.
    Last edited by 5jj; 08-Jun-2011 at 09:30. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Quote Originally Posted by tutorle View Post
    i think this sentence is not correct. according to me it should be


    "She is an university student"




    thanks
    I also think you are not a native English speaker living in the U.S.

    No American, no matter which part of the country, would say "an univerisity" and none of us use "according to me" either.

    Please don't use false information when creating your profile, because learners depend on native speakers for what sounds right.

    Additionally, please state that you are NOT a teacher in your posts.
    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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