Student or Learner
Before "widower", which one is right: a or an?
An is used before words starting with Vowels (A, E, I, O, U) (albeit, exceptions exist such as an hour) .
Otherwise, A is used.(again, exceptions prevail such as a university)
Mainly, this distinction is decided by phonetics or pronunciation.
Well, there you go Adam, you've been saved from trying to work it out for yourself by someone simply giving you the answer!!! Lucky you!
I know that for some people it's not obvious that "w" is a consonant. Maybe this article can help them: Voiced labio-velar approximant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia although it's written in a specialized language.
As far as the actual letters are concerned, it's very simple. There are only five vowels: a, e, i, o, u. All other letters are consonants.
I do understand that sometimes beginners have trouble recognising a vowel sound, though.
There are also other consonants that can cause problems, in English it's also the Palatal approximant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In general, they are called semivowels (Semivowel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and approximants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approximant_consonant)
Last edited by birdeen's call; 23-Jul-2010 at 12:19. Reason: typo