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    Question #: 4: He had an x-ray.
    User's answer: False
    Correct answer: True
    Additional Notes: We use a before a consonant sound and an before a vowel sound. Here, the word starts with a vowel sound.



    hi i dont understand why i was wrong because x-ray doesnt start with a vowel sound.may somebody explain why i was wrong?

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    Question #: 9: Is there a university there?
    User's answer: False
    Correct answer: True
    Additional Notes: We use a before a consonant sound and an before a vowel sound.


    Question #: 10: The doctors took a x-ray of my leg.
    User's answer: True
    Correct answer: False
    Additional Notes: We use a before a consonant sound and an before a vowel sound. Here, the word starts with a vowel sound.


    and also these are too what i couldnt understand

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    It does start with a vowel sound (we say 'Ex-ray', which is different from 'xylophone, where it sounds like a 'z'). The choice of articles is based on the sound not the spellling:
    An egg, an umbrella, an x-ray
    A European, a university, a xylophone
    It's the sound, not the spelling.

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