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    An university?

    i'm a teacher, and i have a question!

    Why do we say "a university" and not "an university"? I know the rule, an before words starting with a vowel, but this isn't the case.

    I have a recollection about something to do with open-sylabules?

    Thanks!

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    Re: An university?

    Although university begins with the vowel "u", it's pronounced /ju/


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    Re: An university?

    'a' or 'an,
    a = in front of words beginning
    with consonant sounds
    an = in front of words beginning
    with vowel sounds
    an is also used in front of the
    following words beginning
    with "a silent H"
    heir heiress hour hourly honour honourable honorary honest
    a is used in front of words with 'u' sound: university, useful, unity, utility, Europe etc.
    a is also used in front of words with 'wa' sound : a one way street
    There is also this : an MP an FA Cup winner

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    Re: An university?

    Quote Originally Posted by melo View Post
    'a' or 'an,
    a = in front of words beginning
    with consonant sounds
    an = in front of words beginning
    with vowel sounds
    an is also used in front of the
    following words beginning
    with "a silent H"
    heir heiress hour hourly honour honourable honorary honest
    a is used in front of words with 'u' sound: university, useful, unity, utility, Europe etc.
    a is also used in front of words with 'wa' sound : a one way street
    There is also this : an MP an FA Cup winner
    Those are good rules. I would change this one:
    a is used in front of words with 'u' sound: university, useful, unity, utility, Europe etc.

    They don't start with a "u" sound (uncle, upper, etc.), they start with a /ju/ or yu sound.

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