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    #1

    Thumbs up a and an

    Good evening Teacher,

    Could you please be as kind as to explain how come a person says (an hour) if an is only used in front of a vowel a e i o u.I think this is one of the best websites,and I enjoy it going onto this website, because there is so much to learn, and it is very easy to understand.


    Thanking you,

    Marilu

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    #2

    Re: a and an

    This is because ‘hour’ like 'our', the first & only syllable has a vowel sound (a diphthong /a¯/) as the ‘h’ is silent.


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    #3

    Re: a and an

    Marilu - please stop posting this question. It has now been answered twice.

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    #4

    Re: a and an

    When it comes to the use of 'a' or 'an', it's the sound that is important not a letter. For example. "an umbrella" vs. "a university", in umbrella there is a vowel sound and in university there is a consonant-> to be precise it is a palatal semivowel :)

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