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    Question Article prob

    Hey guys!

    I'm so confused with this quest: "A" or "An" NBC news?
    I thought letter N is a consonant then I chose "An" but it wasn't a correct answer according to the Answer Key
    Plz explain this for me

    Thanks million!

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    Re: Article prob

    Quote Originally Posted by c3s2ron View Post

    I'm so confused with this question: "A" or "An" NBC news?

    I thought the letter N was a consonant so I chose "An" but it wasn't the correct answer according to the answer key.

    Please
    explain this for me.
    Welcome to the forums.

    Please use standard English in future posts.

    The answer key was wrong and you got the right answer but for the wrong reason.

    'N' is indeed a consonant, and when said aloud sounds like 'en'. It's because it begins with a vowel sound that it's preceded with 'an' and not 'a'.

    Rover

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    Re: Article prob

    But 'an NBC news' is only right if it's followed by a noun like 'item' or 'piece' or 'report'.... etc. 'News' is no longer countable (although it once was|).

    Examples:
    I prefer the NBC news.
    I was watching NBC news.
    I remember an NBC news item about....


    b

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    Re: Article prob

    Thanks Mr Rover
    I'm an English learner and I do try to use English as native as possible
    I appreciate all your corrections and I will be more careful with my writing.

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