rules for using a or an

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What are the rules for using "a" or "an" in a sentence.
 
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mwall@aparizona.com said:
What are the rules for using "a" or "an" in a sentence.

I'm not a teacher but it was always my understanding that "an" preceeded a word that began with a vowel "an elephant, an attic, an undertoe" where "a" preeceded a word that began with a consanant "a consanant, a dog, a bird". HTH!
 
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Francois said:
A U-turn, a European, a university, a euphemism etc. though (they all start with the same sound).

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Right! A precedes a word that begins with a consonant sound.

a young man, a university student, a cat, a European, a ukelele

An precedes a word that begins with a vowel sound.

an elephant, an hour, an honest man, an apple
 
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blacknomi said:
How about 'herb'? :wink:

Good question. It depends on how you pronounce it. :lol:

Yes indeed, there are two ways of pronouncing it.

an herb (ûrb) or a herb (hûrb)

:wink:
 
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