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    Why in English we add "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound, why not vice versa? Whats the rationale behind such an arrangement?

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    Re: Why Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Why in English we add "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound, why not vice versa? Whats the rationale behind such an arrangement?

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    It's for ease of pronounciation, try saying "a apple"; "a elephant"; "a ape" or "an banana"; "an boat"; an cucumber. Sounds strange, doesn't it?

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    Re: Why Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's for ease of pronounciation, try saying "a apple"; "a elephant"; "a ape" or "an banana"; "an boat"; an cucumber. Sounds strange, doesn't it?
    Well I think the logic is to maintain the CVCV structure in the sentence. Consonants act as chassis or skeleton, they limit a word, thus english language maintains a CVCV structure. By using an before a vowel you are doing exactly the same "n" a consonat preceeds a vowel sound and "a" a vowel predeeds a consonat sound. The otherway round is not a feasible arrangement in fast speech.

    Am I right?

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    Re: Why Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Well I think the logic is to maintain the CVCV structure in the sentence. Consonants act as chassis or skeleton, they limit a word, thus english language maintains a CVCV structure. By using an before a vowel you are doing exactly the same "n" a consonat preceeds a vowel sound and "a" a vowel predeeds a consonat sound. The otherway round is not a feasible arrangement in fast speech.

    Am I right?
    Yes that's right.

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