When do you use "a" or "an" before a word beginning in a vowel.

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    annie ritterposted 7 years ago

    When do you use "a" or "an" before a word beginning in a vowel.

    Which is correct .... "a unified" or "an unified"

  2. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
    DzyMsLizzyposted 7 years ago

    "A unified..." is the correct usage.  It depends fully on the pronunciation of the word.  If it is a long "u," (pronounced in the word the same as when reciting the alphabet), it takes "a."  If it is a short "u" it takes "an." 

    "A united nation."
    "An undercover agent."


    There is a similar rule involving the letter "h."  While "h" is not a vowel, it sometimes seems to behave as such in cases where it is silent, and you hear only the following vowel:

    "A hotel."
    "An herb."


    The other vowels always take "an."  The "and sometimes 'y'" vowel use of that letter is a hard sound, and always takes "a."

    "A yak, a yurt."

 
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