A or An??

If you are studying English, you will come upon the two words “a” and “an”. There is a rule as to when to use these two words correctly.

If the word after “a/an” has a consonant at the beginning (b, c, d, f, g, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z) use the word “a”.

If the word directly after “a/an” has a vowel at the beginning (a, e, i, o, u), use the word “an”.

There are a few exceptions to this rule.

Use “An” in front of words beginning with the letter “h” when it is not pronounced. (honor, honest, etc.)

If the vowel “u” sounds like the letter “y” in the word “you”, then use “A”. Also use “A” if the “o” makes the same sound as the “w” in “white”. (examples: A unicycle. A U.S. car. A one-man band.)

Here are some examples that follow the rule:
(A: I have a cat. You have a dog. We have a bird. They are singing a song. He will drive a car. She is reading a book.)

(An: My friend lives on an apple tree farm. You saw an elephant in the zoo. He drove an old car. She wrote an enormous book.)


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