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    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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    Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    *Not a teacher

    Because you use "an" before a vowel sound.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

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

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    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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    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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    Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Totally agree with the "sound" reasoning. (LOL)
    we would say: - an hour or
    - an N.B.A. player
    (as they both begins with "vowel sounds")

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    Re: Grammar question: a vs. an

    Or "An Eminem album."

    Try saying that after you've had a few.

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