Question #778   Submitted by Answiki on 11/01/2021 at 01:05:59 PM UTC

When should we use « a » or « an »?

Answer   Submitted by Answiki on 11/01/2021 at 01:01:32 PM UTC

When to use « a »


  • Use « a » if the next word starts with with the sound of a consonant (a question, a flower).
  • Use « a » if the next word starts with a vowel that sounds like a consonant :
  • when the initial « e » makes the same sound as y in you (a Euro)
  • when the initial « o » makes the same sound as w in won (a one)
  • when the initial « u » makes the same sound as y in you (a user)


When to use « an »


  • Use « an » if the next word starts with the sound of a vowel (an apple, an orange).
  • Use « an » if the next word starts with a silent h followed by a vowel (an hour, an honesty)


Examples:


a man

a user

a unicycle

a European

a one

a university

a hat

a hero

a hospital


an apple

an actor

an hour

an island

an umbrella

an M.B.A.

an attractive man



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Question by Answiki 11/01/2021 at 01:05:59 PM
When should we use « a » or « an »?
Question by Answiki 11/01/2021 at 01:01:49 PM
When to use « a » or « an »?
Answer by Answiki on 11/01/2021 at 01:01:32 PM

When to use « a »


  • Use « a » if the next word starts with with the sound of a consonant (a question, a flower).
  • Use « a » if the next word starts with a vowel that sounds like a consonant :
  • when the initial « e » makes the same sound as y in you (a Euro)
  • when the initial « o » makes the same sound as w in won (a one)
  • when the initial « u » makes the same sound as y in you (a user)


When to use « an »


  • Use « an » if the next word starts with the sound of a vowel (an apple, an orange).
  • Use « an » if the next word starts with a silent h followed by a vowel (an hour, an honesty)


Examples:


a man

a user

a unicycle

a European

a one

a university

a hat

a hero

a hospital


an apple

an actor

an hour

an island

an umbrella

an M.B.A.

an attractive man



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