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    A or an usual...?

    What should you use the article with “usual” between “a” and “an”. Can I say a usual way or an usual way, because normally, we would see the usuals (the thing which is typically done or present) / in the usual fashion / the usual state.


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    Re: A or an usual...?

    The first syllable of usual is pronounced [ju:], as in you, so use "a", not "an", with words that begin with the sound [j]. Other examples,

    united [ju:]
    Uganda [ju:]
    university [ju:]

    The rule is a phonetic one. It's based on sound, not what the letter looks like.

    If a word begins with a vowel "sound", use an.
    If a word begins with a consonant(al) "sound", use a.

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    Re: A or an usual...?

    Thank you Casiopea for your reply to this confusing usage of A & An in front of a word placed in front of Usual.

    Best regards,
    Piak
    Last edited by Piak; 12-Jul-2006 at 09:19.

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