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    What words start with a vowel, and have phonetics of a consonant?
    What words start with a consonant, and have phonetics of a vowel

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    1: Anything which starts with vowels that combined sound like "y" - iatrogenic/European/use(r) - or "w" - one

    2: Words beginning with "h" = hono(u)r/herb/hotel/honest - where the consonant is either lost or aspirated

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    Welcome, Jgap.

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    I saw "Are you an SAP person?"

    what is the explanation?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by hscadore View Post
    I saw "Are you an SAP person?"

    what is the explanation?

    thanks
    S (es) A (ei) P (pi)

    "S" starts with the sound /e/ like in "USA"

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    ah, ok...it's because in my country people are used to pronounce acronyms as words...like Sap instead of S.A.P. sorry about the stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hscadore View Post
    ah, ok...it's because in my country people are used to pronounce acronyms as words...like Sap instead of S.A.P. sorry about the stupid question.
    Well, I think if sap is used as a noun with the meaning of a dupe, it shouldn't be followed by another noun and must be preceded by "a".
    "He's a sap"!

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