I'm dutch and my english is just on conversation level acceptable. Now I have to write a letter and I'm having serious doubts about using "a" or "an" here. As the word "unique" opens with a vowel, it should have "an" with it, but as in the pronounciation sounds a "y" first, it sounds weird to say "an unique... whatever", so it doesn't feel right to write it either. Is this an exeption and is there a difference between writing and pronouncing, or am I completely wrong and is only "an unique" really correct? Thank you very much for your help!
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here 'an' has been used for 'occasion' and not for 'historic'
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No. The choice between 'a' and 'an' is made by the initia; sound of the word immedialy following it:

an egg
a boiled egg

The standard pronunciation of the word 'history' always begins with /h/, and is therefore preceded by 'an'.

The standard pronunciation of the word 'historic' begins with /h/, but a minority of speakers f BrE (6% according to the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary) pronounce the word without the initial /h/. This is acceptable, though sounds a little old-fashioned to most people today.
an Historic is wrong for two reasons. H is a consonant and the H sound is a consonant sound. The news media has been using it wrong for quite a while (IMHO).
Anonymousan Historic is wrong
It may be the form used by a minority of speakers of BE, but it is not wrong. In a few words such as hotel and historic, in which the first syllable is not stressed, some speakers do not pronounce the h.
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I don't agree with the arguments against using "an" before "unique." We learn (at least in America) that vowels are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. So, that opens the argument to "yoo-neek" starting with a consonant sound. If we take a look a the pronunciation of the letter "Y" in this instance, it sounds like ee-oo-neek. The way that we form the sound in our mouths is similar, if not exactly the same as, to a long-"E" sound. My $.02.

No one in the UK has ever said "an unique". Not even the queen.

The question asked is hardly such a unique one that it should merit so lengthy a to-and-fro; and, as some have indicated it would be the understanding of language that should concern us rather than the itsy bitsy construction thereof. Indeed, we could consider it an honourable feat that it is used in the halls of a hotel instead of being sprayed on its walls.

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A unique is correct