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What is the rule for using the word 'an', such as "Its an honor"?
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As a general rule:
AN is used when the next word begins with a vowel......an Apple.
A is used when the next word begins with a vowel.........a Book.
BUT.....
We use AN before a vowel sound, even if it is written with a consonant...
e.g. An hour, an honour,
We use A before a consonant sound, even if it is written with a vowel....
e.g. A university, a one-dollar note/bill.
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I would say we use "a/an" before a "semi-consonant vowel sound "-for instance: a University, an hour.
Possible.
With... Uncle, underwear, udder.....you need to use AN.
I have an uncle that has a picture of an udder on his underwear.
(How's that for a totally bizarre sentence?)
Those don't have a semi-consonant vowel sound.
So the question is.......
How do we know which letters have a semi-consonant vowel sound and when?
/ju:/ sound, /awr/. It's difficult to explain without being able to transcribe.
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What about the word "hotel"? I use an, is that correct?
AnonymousWhat about the word "hotel"? I use an, is that correct?
No. The H in hotel is pronounced. Use "a."
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