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3. When the word begins with a consonant you must use 'a'. If you use words and phrases such as 'ball', 'glass of water' or 'cup of coffee', then it would be "a ball", "a glass of water" and "a cup of coffee". Unfortunately, there are also some exceptions to this rule. When the 'u' has the same sound as the 'y' in 'you', or the 'o' has the same sound as the 'w' in "won" then you must use 'a'. An example would be "a one-legged man" and "a European trip".

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5. When the word begins with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u), then you should use 'an' because it sounds better and sounds more appropriate when saying it. However, with this rule there is an exception. If you are using a word with a silent 'h', such as 'honorable' or 'honest' then you have to use 'an'. Therefore, it would be "an honorable man" and "an honest mistake".

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