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    Question Pronunciation

    Is it "a" or "an" before University?
    Last edited by Toodles008; 28-Sep-2014 at 20:34.

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    Re: Pronunciation

    It would be "a University".

    Although commonly 'a' would come before a word starting with a consonant, in this the case the 'U' in university is pronounced as a long vowel (yew), which on the phonetic chart would be a j. Another example of this would be 'a unit of measure.' This is contrary to say, 'an umbrella', as the 'u' in umbrella is a short vowel.

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    Re: Pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Toodles008 View Post
    Is it "a" or "an" before University?
    It is based on the sound, not the type of letter:

    a university/an umbrella
    a European/an egg

    (Both the words with a begin with a consonant sound- /j/)

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