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  1. mcshan
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    What are the rules for using you and I & you and me. What is the reason we say "a university" instead of "an university" even though u is a vowel .

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    Re: puzzled ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mcshan
    What are the rules for using you and I & you and me. What is the reason we say "a university" instead of "an university" even though u is a vowel .
    1) Use "I" as a subject and use "me" as an object. "I" comes before the main verb, generally, and "me" comes after the verb or after a preposition, generally, like this: (The verbs are underlined)

    I like soup.
    Do I like soup?
    She likes me.
    Does she like me?
    He gave me a car.
    He gave a car to me. ("to" is a preposition)
    They washed the dished for me. ("for" is a preposition)

    As for combinations, "you and I" stands for "We", a subject, and "you and me" stands for "us", an object:

    You and I like soup. (We like soup)
    She liked you and me. (She likes us)
    He gave you and me a car. (He gave us a car)
    He gave a car to you and me. (He gave a car to us)

    2) The a/an rule is not about spelling. It's about pronunciation. The word "university" does in fact begin with the "letter" <u>, but in that word <u> is pronounced as [yu]. The sound [y] is not a vowel, so "an" is not used:
    a [yu]niversity.

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