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Hello all,

I got a question from one of my friends.
which is correct? 'an year' or 'a year'?
When I googled 'an year' and 'a year', it seems people don't really care which one's right.

I would really appreciate if anyone could enlighten me on this one.

Thanx
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A year. The [ y ] sound is not a vowel here.
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I think they care: 541,000,000 for "a year"; "395,000" for "an year".

(Which = 395,000 cases of "fat finger syndrome".)

MrP
I attribute those 395,000 to the little dip just after lunch, when your eyelids start to droop and your fingers type whatever they want to type.

MrP
I know "year" begins with a consonant (or semi-vowel) sound, but while listening to “When Somebody Loved Me,” I noticed Sarah McLachlan pronounced "the" in "the year" as if it's followed by a vowel. I don't think she did so to emphasize the uniqueness of that particular year. Is this a Canadian thing?
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Hi,

Most singers, not just Canadian ones, exercise some artistic licence as regards their pronunciation.

Best wishes, Clive
A / AN

Use 'a' with nouns starting with a consonant (letters that are not vowels),
'an'
with nouns starting with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u)

Examples:

A boy
An apple
A car
An orange
A house
An opera
NOTE:
An before an h mute - an hour, an honour.
A before u and eu when they sound like 'you': a european, a university, a unit
In other words, don't pay attention to the initial letters-- guide yourself on the initial sounds.

A house - an hour
A unicorn - an umbrella

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Its ' a year '. Articles ''a'' and an depend on the phonetics rather than the spelling.
We say: An umbrella but a university.
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