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    Default correct usage of a and an

    Which is correct?
    An European mandate
    A European mandat

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    "A European mandate" is correct.
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    The use of the indefinite article is based on sound not spelling, so European begins with a consonant sound, not a vowel:
    An egg (vowel sound)
    A European egg (consonant sound)
    The same is true of words beginning with U:
    A university
    An umbrella

    It also happpens accasionally with the letter O:
    A one-day cricket match.

    You can have AN before a consonant:
    She's taking an MA at Oxford University.

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