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    a and an

    hey,
    Is the difference between using a and an based on a spelling rule of written English or a phonological rule of spoken English and what kind of examples would provide clear evidence in support of the rule?


    thank you so very much!!!

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    Re: a and an

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    hey,
    Is the difference between using a and an based on a spelling rule of written English or a phonological rule of spoken English and what kind of examples would provide clear evidence in support of the rule?


    thank you so very much!!!
    "a" is used before a consonant sound, "an" is used before a vowel sound.
    "An umbrella"; "a university", for example.

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