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  1. Anonymous
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    rules for using a or an

    What are the rules for using "a" or "an" in a sentence.

  2. me75
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    Re: rules for using a or an

    Quote Originally Posted by EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead
    What are the rules for using "a" or "an" in a sentence.
    I'm not a teacher but it was always my understanding that "an" preceeded a word that began with a vowel "an elephant, an attic, an undertoe" where "a" preeceded a word that began with a consanant "a consanant, a dog, a bird". HTH!


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    A U-turn, a European, a university, a euphemism etc. though (they all start with the same sound).

    FRC

  3. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    A U-turn, a European, a university, a euphemism etc. though (they all start with the same sound).

    FRC
    Right! A precedes a word that begins with a consonant sound.

    a young man, a university student, a cat, a European, a ukelele

    An precedes a word that begins with a vowel sound.

    an elephant, an hour, an honest man, an apple


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    How about 'herb'? :wink:

  4. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    How about 'herb'? :wink:
    Good question. It depends on how you pronounce it.

    Yes indeed, there are two ways of pronouncing it.

    an herb (rb) or a herb (hrb)

    :wink:


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    :D

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