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    could you please tell me the difference and base of "a"and "an"

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    If a noun starts with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) you would use 'an'. Otherwise you can use 'a'. Two examples:

    1. Have you seen an elephant around here? (elephant begins with 'e' which is a vowel)
    2. Have a nice day! (nice begins with 'n' which is a consonant, i.e. not a vowel)

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    Aand An are articles. It is use in singular nouns. A is used before consonants. An is used before vowels. A and An mark any person or thing.
    Ex: An ambulance has a siren.

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    Just to add it's the sound of the word that you need to go by. For example "university" sounds like "yooniversity" so it's a university.

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    Default Re: "a" and "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by monty mike View Post
    If a noun starts with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) you would use 'an'. Otherwise you can use 'a'.
    I used to teach my students the rule with a little difference:

    If a noun starts with a vowel sound (not a vowel letter), then you use 'an'; otherwise, you use 'a':

    an umbrella [ʌm'brelǝ] but a university [ju:nɪ'vƐ:sǝti]
    a hero ['hɪǝrǝʊ] but an hour [aʊǝ]


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