Grammar Check: “A” Vs. “An”

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A

–Used before a consonant

Example:
1. A dog
2. A lucky man

An

–Used before a vowel

Example:
1. An animal
2. An elephant

However…

–When a word beginning with a silent “h,” use an.

Example:
1. An hour
2. An honest man

–When “u” makes a y-sound or “o” makes a w-sound, use a.

Example:
1. A unicorn
2. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 

Pay attention to the sound and you’ll be good to go.

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14 thoughts on “Grammar Check: “A” Vs. “An”

    • Honestly, I never thought about it until I had to write the word “unique.” “An unique” sounded weird, but I always just assumed you would use “an” before all words that began with a vowel.
      Kris and I ended up discussing it for a long time trying to figure it out before we just went to Google, lol.
      I should know by now that all rules, especially with the English language, are always broken at some point or another.

  1. We were having this discussion the other day but with the word usurp. My Microsoft Word gave “an usurper” that blue squiggle and changed it to “a usurper” and it came down to how you pronounce the word usurp. Is it “u-surp” or “er-surp”. We came to no conclusion at the end haha. An insight?

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