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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #2423: A/an
    > Other English exercises on the same topic: Articles [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - 'The' or nothing? - Countable nouns with a/an and some - Article A or AN - Article and use of A/An - Count Nouns-Proper Nouns - What and Such: again! - The / no article - Articles and Time 2
    > Double-click on words you don't understand


    A/an


    Articles : a/an

    1) a before a consonant,  an before a vowel.

    a school                                    an animal


    2) Sounds matter, not spelling.


    a
    house                                  an (h)our 

    (the "h" is voiced.)                   (the "h" is not voiced.)


    Rule:
    - when the "h" is voiced, the word begins with an "h" (a consonant sound). => a

    - when the "h" is not voiced, have a look at the remaining sounds. => an
    (for example: hour, honour, honest)


    On this site, you can double-click on words to get phonetic symbols and audio files.


    a university

    This word begins with the sound you can find in "yellow", "USA" (/j/) It is a consonant sound and you should use "a".




    Exercise :
    Complete with a or an :






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    1. woman

    2. ice cream

    3. horse

    4. uniform

    5. accident

    6. horrible dream

    7. year

    8. horror movie

    9. honest man

    10. hitchhiker









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