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    About the article "an".

    Please, teacher.

    I would like to know why do I have to use "an" before the word "special" as in the phrase " He is an special friend".
    As I know, "s" is a consonant. Do I have to use "an" all the time there's a sound like this, or when the word starts with "s" followed by a consonant?
    Could you give me some examples, please?
    Thank you a lot.

    Laurici Colen


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    Smile Re: About the article "an".

    Quote Originally Posted by laurici View Post
    Please, teacher.

    I would like to know why do I have to use "an" before the word "special" as in the phrase " He is an special friend".
    As I know, "s" is a consonant. Do I have to use "an" all the time there's a sound like this, or when the word starts with "s" followed by a consonant?
    Could you give me some examples, please?
    Thank you a lot.

    Laurici Colen
    I don't think so; in terms of what I learned, here "a" fits better. Maybe there are possible alternatives; that needs comments from English gurus.

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    Re: About the article "an".

    I agree- it's wrong. You would use an before the letter s in acronyms:
    An STD

    'An special' is wrong- if you heard it, then the person may have been planning on using a word beginning with a voewl and then changed their mind.

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