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    use of articles

    what do we use 'a' or 'an'
    1. ___ ear
    2. Please lend me ____ ear.
    3. She has ___ ear for music.

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    Re: use of articles

    you can only use "an" because ear starts with a vowel

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    Re: use of articles

    Quote Originally Posted by awatef View Post
    you can only use "an" because ear starts with a vowel

    I believe this really helps

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    Re: use of articles

    Yes, it's "an" for ear, but please note the rule is not what letter it starts with, but what SOUND.

    An umbrella.
    A university.

    Both are U's, but university starts with a "Y" sound.

    You must say the word out loud to be sure about the a/an, not rely on the letter.

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