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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    You are right on that!

    And all sonorants are sonants! But not all sonants are sonorants. :D
    Hehe Funny pun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanja
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    You are right on that!

    And all sonorants are sonants! But not all sonants are sonorants. :D
    Hehe Funny pun
    Great thread! :D

    By the way, there's a syllable contraint in English wherein the sound u, as in you, is pronounced as a glide (i.e. [j], as in yellow) if it forms its own syllable:

    Example
    united, u'ni'ted (u forms its own syllable, so it's pronounced as [j].

    Compare, united above with under:

    under, un'der (u does not form its own syllable, so it's not pronounced as [j].

    Don't let the spelling fool you:

    European, u'ro'pe'an (u forms its own syllable, so its pronounced as [j].

    Can you find the exceptions? :wink:

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    And 'one'- a one-day training course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    And 'one'- a one-day training course.
    English 'one' is similar in pronunciation with Japanese 'wan', the sound a dog makes.

    Spot: Wan-Wan!

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    it's a...cuz i cheated :D (i looked at the dictionary:DDD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol View Post
    Why?

    Hi Tdol

    The correct answer is : She is a European [ though I would have chosen no article if I had been given the opportunity : She is European / She is from Europe]

    European is pronounced " ju..." like in university, union, uniform , UFO [ unlike "an Unidentified Flying Object} and many others.


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    Last edited by Teia; 10-Aug-2006 at 21:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why?
    It would be spoken as "She's a European" by 99.9% of Americans. Thatis because we use the article a before a consonant sound no matter what the spelling is. Examples:
    She's a young person.
    She's a yeller.
    It's a yellow dog.
    She's a European.

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    HI,

    "a" is the correct answer for the above example as it is followed by consonant sound.
    another example is (a university).
    regards

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    Explain me why we have to put "a" in front of Europian. I think the correct form is She is Europian or much better she comes from Europe.
    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    Explain me why we have to put "a" in front of Europian. I think the correct form is She is Europian or much better she comes from Europe.
    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    Well, we don't have to. But the choice that was given was between a and an. Your choices are perfectly fine.


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