Re: Use of A and An
Perhaps a simpler way to remember is this: if it begins with a consonantThis question strikes me as a good example of the limits of prescriptive grammar. Asked to remember that "an" is used before a vowel sound, many people have trouble remembering. However, if you go on to note that the difference exists because, in this situation, "an" is easier to say than "a," then they just might remember. By adding this explanation, you transform the case from an arbitrary rule to a practice that has a reason for it.
_sound_, use a. If it begins with a vowel sound, use an. The point is
wither the phoneme that follows the article has a stop, fricative,
glide, or what not.
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