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A vs. An: Grammar Guide
I received this question and thought I'd write a quick hub:
How do I know when to use a or an before a noun/subject?
The Article: An
Use the article "an" before a word beginning with a vowel.
- I ate an apple with my lunch.
- The jewelry was made by an East Indian woman.
- The growing boy had an enormous appetite.
There are two exceptions with the article "an":
- When the letter "u" sounds like a "y", as in "you", use the article "a".
- When the letter "o" sounds like a "w", as in "water", use the article "a".
- A U.S. navy ship was deployed from San Diego.
- My daughter wanted to be a unicorn for Halloween.
- She was a one-woman show.
The Article: A
Use the article "a" before a word beginning with a consonant.
- A clown performed at the party.
- I saw a peacock walking around loose at the zoo.
- The book was about a girl in the 1700s.
There is one exception with the article "a":
- Use "an" with a silent "h".
- I will wait for an hour.
- He was an honorable man.