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when we should use a, an, the

April 22, 2017
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Difference between 'A' and 'An' ‘A’ is used before a word (singular) beginning with a consonant or a vowel with consonant sound. Consonant letters in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M,N, P, Q, R, S, T, V,W, X,Y, Z. For example: A boy, a girl, a pen, a book, a dog, a table, etc. ‘An’ is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound. Vowel letters in the English alphabet are A, E, I, O, U. For example: An umbrella, an elephant, an apple, an orphan, an artist, etc. Please Note that 'An' is used on the basis of vowel sound and not only on the basis of the starting vowel letter of the word. For example: "An hour" , "An honest man"", "A young man"", "A house", "An heir", "A useful book", "An M.L.A", "An F.I.R.", "An X-ray", "An LL.B", "A husband", "An honour", "An year", "A one-rupee note", "An IAS" etc. In the above examples, 'An' is used on the basis of sound’. The words 'hour', 'heir, and 'honest' both begin with a vowel sound, as the consonant 'h' is silent. Similarly, the word 'house' and 'useful' begins with the consonant sound of 'h' & 'yoo' hence 'A' is used before them.
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when we should use a, an, the
Difference between 'A' and 'An' ‘A’ is used before a word (singular) beginning with a consonant or a vowel with consonant sound. Consonant letters in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M,N, P, Q, R, S, T, V,W, X,Y, Z. For example: A boy, a girl, a pen, a book, a dog, a table, etc. ‘An’ is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound. Vowel letters in the English alphabet are A, E, I, O, U. For example: An umbrella, an elephant, an apple, an orphan, an artist, etc. Please Note that 'An' is used on the basis of vowel sound and not only on the basis of the starting vowel letter of the word. For example: "An hour" , "An honest man"", "A young man"", "A house", "An heir", "A useful book", "An M.L.A", "An F.I.R.", "An X-ray", "An LL.B", "A husband", "An honour", "An year", "A one-rupee note", "An IAS" etc. In the above examples, 'An' is used on the basis of sound’. The words 'hour', 'heir, and 'honest' both begin with a vowel sound, as the consonant 'h' is silent. Similarly, the word 'house' and 'useful' begins with the consonant sound of 'h' & 'yoo' hence 'A' is used before them.

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