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    Vowels

    Vowels: a, e, i, o, and u.
    1. I want an Xbox. (How come 'an' is correct here?)
    2. I want a Xbox. ('a' is incorrect here?)

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    Re: Vowels

    Because 'Xbox' is pronounced /eksbaks/, Jack-- the word starts with a vowel sound.

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    Re: Vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    Because 'Xbox' is pronounced /eksbaks/, Jack-- the word starts with a vowel sound.
    What about this:
    1. Axbox (Can I also pronounce it like this? How do I know how to pronounce it? How do I figure out if I need to use 'an' or 'a'?)

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    Re: Vowels

    "x" is pronounced "ex" not "ax".

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    Re: Vowels

    Use 'an' before any vowel (open) sound that begins a word, Jack--

    /iy/ (feel, eve, me) front close unrounded
    /ih/ (fill, hit, lid) front close unrounded (lax)
    /ae/ (at, carry, gas) front open unrounded (tense)
    /aa/ (father, ah, car) back open unrounded
    /ah/ (cut, bud, up) open-mid back unrounded
    /ao/ (dog, lawn, caught) open-mid back round
    /ay/ (tie, ice, bite) diphthong with quality: aa + ih
    /ə/ (ago, comply) central close mid (schwa)
    /ey/ (ate, day, tape) front close-mid unrounded (tense)
    /eh/ (pet, berry, ten) front open-mid unrounded
    /er/ (turn, fur, meter) central open-mid unrounded rhoticized
    /ow/ (go, own, tone) back close-mid rounded
    /aw/ (foul, how, our) diphthong with quality: aa + uh
    /oy/ (toy, coin, oil) diphthong with quality: ao + ih
    /uh/ (book, pull, good) back close-mid unrounded (lax)
    /uw/ (tool, crew, moo) back close round

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