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    Indefinite Articles

    'an M.A' because it is 'an em.A', right?

    Why is it a one dollar note?Is it because the 'one' pronounced as 'won'?


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    Re: Indefinite Articles

    Hello Fazzu,

    Yes, all the words that start with a consonant letter but sound like a vowel when read should be preceeded with an article used for a vowel which is "an".

    In addition, all the words having "U" as the first letter, an article "a" should be used. For example:

    - United
    - University
    - Union

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    Re: Indefinite Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    'an M.A' because it is 'an em.A', right?
    Why is it a one dollar note?Is it because the 'one' pronounced as 'won'?
    Yes, Fazzu, the use of an is based on proununciation.
    - a one-armed bandit
    - an ordinary bandit
    - a university
    - an umbrella
    - a house
    - an hour
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    Re: Indefinite Articles

    Thanks Hlbert & Philly.Another question arises here:'Why do you represent 'you' for the letter 'u'?


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    Re: Indefinite Articles

    I guess because 'u' is read as 'you'.

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    Re: Indefinite Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    I guess because 'u' is read as 'you'.
    Yes,Hlbert.That was what I was saying.I want to know why is it 'you' to represent the letter 'u'.

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    U

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    The letter "u" (as it is pronounced in the alphabet) sounds the same as the word "you", Fazzu.

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    Re: U

    Yes Philly,I know that,of course.What I was trying to ask is that:

    'People use 'an' for 'umbrella' because it's pronounced as 'ambrella' but why not 'an' for 'university' because it's pronounced as 'you-ni-versity',am I right?So why is it 'you-ni-versity' and not 'u-ni-versity'(with the use of the letter u itself)?

    I hope you understood my question.

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    Re: Indefinite Articles

    Hi Fazzu
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    Yes, it's "a university" because when you pronounce "university", the first sound is the same as the first sound in words that begin with y: you, yellow, young, etc. (And the word "you" just happens to rhyme with the letter u.)
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    I guess they did that to make sure that you understand ("visualize") the pronunciation difference.

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