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    #1

    A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    I am doing an online exercise on internet about A-An-The

    I chose An as the answer but it turned out I was wrong. I thought we have to use An before "a,e,i,o,u".

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    You use 'an' before vowels . /j/, the initial sound of Europe(an) is treated as a consonant.

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    #3

    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    so as you say, the articles only applies on the word right after it. Then what about this one "an honest opinion", I was corrected that it was "an honest opinion", not "a honest opinion".

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    #4

    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    Here's a thread which provides a detailed explanation on the matter:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...35422-A-amp-An

    I hope it helps.

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    #5

    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/540/01/
    Scroll down to 'Remember, using a or an depends on the sound that begins the next word.'

    The following thread is also relevant.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...A-MQI-channel)
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    Thank you guys, this is unbelievable, I have thought wrongly for the past 27 years that we follow the letters to use a/an.

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    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    Thank you guys, this is unbelievable, I have thought wrongly for the past 27 years that we follow the letters to use a/an.
    Many people make the same mistake. Only the sound that follows the article in spoken English affects the choice.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    Hello,
    I always use a trick to understand this issue. I think about pronunciation and I choose the more fluent way of pronouncing. Look; "An apple" or "an honest" are very fluent and you can say it as one word: ((anapple)) or ((anonest)) !! But pronouncing "an European" needs a lot of efforts and it has a Big pause!

    I'm not a teacher and I'm not sure about my innovative rule; but it works for me and I clearly understand how to use a/an!

    Let's see what the native speakers say.
    Please correct my mistakes if you encounter any.

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    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    Quote Originally Posted by Narkises View Post
    Hello,
    I always use a trick to understand this issue. I think about pronunciation and I choose the more fluent way of pronouncing. Look; "An apple" or "an honest" are very fluent and you can say it as one word: ((anapple)) or ((anonest)) !! But pronouncing "an European" needs a lot of efforts and it has a Big pause!

    I'm not a teacher and I'm not sure about my innovative rule; but it works for me and I clearly understand how to use a/an!

    Let's see what the native speakers say.
    Your method is the right approach. The only reason an exists is that saying something like a apple is awkward.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A/an European expert was invited to speak to the committee.

    That trick is pretty awesome, but can you suggest a few more words please, very interesting. I couldn't think of any now


    Quote Originally Posted by Narkises View Post
    Hello,
    I always use a trick to understand this issue. I think about pronunciation and I choose the more fluent way of pronouncing. Look; "An apple" or "an honest" are very fluent and you can say it as one word: ((anapple)) or ((anonest)) !! But pronouncing "an European" needs a lot of efforts and it has a Big pause!

    I'm not a teacher and I'm not sure about my innovative rule; but it works for me and I clearly understand how to use a/an!

    Let's see what the native speakers say.

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