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    Default A and An Sounds

    Some students become very confused by two articles "a" and "an". Most times it is as easy as; a,e,i,o,u. If there is a vowel present in the noun you are generally told to use "an". However, there are exceptions. These exceptions are due to "sound-likes". Examples:

    An Hour has the silent H... sounds like "our"
    A University becomes a tongue twister if you would use "an"
    A European has the "your" sound

    Remember these are just examples.

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    Default Re: A and An Sounds

    You also have an before a consonant- an MP, an LLB, etc.

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    Default Re: A and An Sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You also have an before a consonant- an MP, an LLB, etc.
    It could also depend on whether it's an acronym (e.g. a ROT clause) or an initialism (e.g. an ROT clause), right?
    (in the case of a/an ROT clause it could be both)
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    Default Re: A and An Sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    It could also depend on whether it's an acronym (e.g. a ROT clause) or an initialism (e.g. an ROT clause), right?
    Yes.

    With 'an' MP, we have 'an' because when we say the consonant letter 'M', we begin it with a vowel sound -/em/.

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