Re: A User or An User?

Subject: Re: A User or An User?
From: Michael West <WestM -at- conwag -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 17:07:42 +1000

Will asks:
> I've been using "a User" in my manuals. In your manuals, do you refer to
> user as "a User" or "an User?"

This is, of course, basic English and it is astonishing to find a question
like this in this forum.

But yes, it is "a user". Always. It is never "An user".

Vowels are *sounds*. When we say that "a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y" are
vowels, what we really mean is that, in writing, those letters are used to
*represent* a vowel sound.

The deciding factor is the *sound* -- not the spelling.

The English word "User" begins with a consonant sound, not a vowel sound.
Consider provide your client with the definition of "vowel" from a good

By the way, there's no reason to capitalise "user" unless it's the first
word in a sentence.

Mike West

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