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    Question useing an or a

    im righting a paper and i'm not sure what one to use for each situation

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    Re: using an or a

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    Quote Originally Posted by combathero View Post
    I'm writting an essay and I'm not sure which one to use for each situation
    The rule to use 'a' or 'an' is quite simple:
    -Both are used before a singular noun (countable noun) but there are still some special situation: 'a tea' (tea is an uncountable noun) means 'a cup of tea', 'a coffee' means 'a cup of coffee', 'a sugar' means 'a spoon of water'...
    -'an' is used before a word that starts with the sound of a, e, i, o or u. Notice that it is the sound that is important, not the spelling: an apple, an hour, an MP (Member of Parliament)
    -'a' is used when the pronunciation of the noun begin with a consonant: a cat, a university, a uniform

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