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A or An
Message from ksaka posted on 16-10-2011 at 15:43:50 (D | E | F)
I don't understand question 9.
You said in your lesson that the words beginning with i,o,u,e or a have AN.
Why this isn't correct:He is the Army and he is wearing AN uniform?
Edited by lucile83 on 16-10-2011 18:26
Re: A or An from headway, posted on 16-10-2011 at 16:47:46 (D | E)
The 'u' in 'uniform' is pronounced: 'j'
Re: A or An from bulsara_berte, posted on 16-10-2011 at 16:56:55 (D | E)
In English, there are some exceptions ( see ' an hour'). The words starting with a ' u' are written in Phonetics with a consonant ( what we call a Yode), that is to say the same sound than words starting with a ' y'
Therefore, you put ' a' and not 'an' => A union, A uniform, a Yes, a UFO.....
I hope I am making myself clear, you can have a look at the link
Re: A or An from gerondif, posted on 16-10-2011 at 23:06:08 (D | E)
in fact you use "an" instead of "a" before a vowel sound !
[ ] an apple.
 an ape.
[e] an excellent wine.
[i] an idiot
 an island.
 an old man.
 an odd situation.
an uneasy situation, an ultimate decision.
What matters is not the vowel but how it is pronounced.
When the u is prononced like y in yes, there is no need for "an".
[j] a uniform, a yellow car.
Re: A or An from lucile83, posted on 17-10-2011 at 09:50:09 (D | E)
You can find lessons on the site and exercises as well,
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