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    Question A European or An European

    Hi all,
    I would like to know which one should I write "A European" or "An European". I learned that normally we use "an" in front of a word beginning with a vowel. So based on this knowledge, I wrote "An European" in a document, but someone told me that I should have wrote "A European".
    Is that true? If so, why?
    I am all confused now.
    Hope anyone can help me.
    Have a great day everyone!
    Natou67


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    Re: A European or An European

    It should be 'an' because European start with a vowel sound.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...HW*16867&ph=on
    Last edited by svartnik; 14-Jul-2006 at 14:49.


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    Unhappy Re: A European or An European

    But why on this website http://aeuropean.org/ they write "a European" and on this website http://www.verycleanspace.co.uk/id80.htm they write "an European"?


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    Re: A European or An European

    It is an European, I am pretty sure.


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    Re: A European or An European

    Is there an influence whether we use "European" as a noun or as an adjective?


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    Re: A European or An European

    No. It is only a matter of phonetics.

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    Re: A European or An European

    It is most definitely "a European".

    The word "European" does not start with a vowel sound, it starts with the syllable "you". The "y"-sound is in this case a consonant (or at least a half-consonant), so the indefinite article is "a".

    Google returns 48.1 million hits for "a European" but only 1.3 million for "an European".


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    Re: A European or An European

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/esliart.html
    It is a European, sorry about that.


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    Re: A European or An European

    Thanks rewboss!

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