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    Default When to use a/an

    Please tell me the rule when using a/an. I know that "an" should be used before a vowel word, but "A university" is it correct? Why?

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    Default Re: When to use a/an

    Not "word", but sound. Use an before a word that has a vowel sound. Like this,

    an [ae]pple
    an [o]range
    an [e]gg
    an Igloo

    The words USA and university start with the letter <u>, and that letter is pronounced with a consonant sound, transcribed as either [y] or [j] depending on your dictionary:

    USA: [yu]SA, [ju]SA
    university: [yu]niversity, [ju]niversity

    So,

    a USA citizen
    a university class

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