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    Default a or an before an alphabet?

    Hi teachers,

    I would like to verify which article to use before an alphabet. Please correct me if I am wrong. We say "an A", "an I", "an L", "an M", "an N", "an O", and "an X". But for all the other alphabets, we use "a" before them (including "a E" and "a U"), am I correct?

    Thank you!

    DQ

    now i come to think of it more, we say "an e-mail", so when we refer to just the alphabet, we say "an E"?
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    Default Re: a or an before an alphabet?

    You have missed quite a few of the vowel sounds.

    An A
    A B
    A C
    A D
    An E
    An F
    A G
    An H
    An I
    A J
    A K
    An L
    An M
    An N
    An O
    A P
    A Q
    An R
    An S
    A T
    A U
    A V
    A W
    An X
    A Y
    A Z

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    Default Re: a or an before an alphabet?

    Thanks a lot SoothingDave!

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    Default Re: a or an before an alphabet?

    Quote Originally Posted by dqdqf View Post
    I would like to verify which article to use before an each letter of/in the alphabet.
    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: a or an before an alphabet?

    Quote Originally Posted by dqdqf View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I would like to verify which article to use before an alphabet. Please correct me if I am wrong. We say "an A", "an I", "an L", "an M", "an N", "an O", and "an X". But for all the other alphabets, we use "a" before them (including "a E" and "a U"), am I correct?

    Thank you!

    DQ

    now i come to think of it more, we say "an e-mail", so when we refer to just the alphabet, we say "an E"?
    Do you mean the letters themselves or words beginning with those letters?

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