Articles a/an

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1. Note that the sound produced by eu-, ur-, and uni– is a –y sound. Because these words do not begin with a pure vowel sound the indefinite artcle a is used.

2. The English indefinite articles are a and an. They refer to something unspecific. Here are example sentences.

2.1. I bought a car She saw an elephant. They have an idea. Do you have a pen?

3. In general, the indefinite article a is used in front of nouns and adjectives that begin with a consonant. The indefinite article an is used in front of nouns and adjectives that begin with a vowel. However, there are a few exceptions. Nouns and adjectives that begin with eu– require the indefinite article a.

3.1. a euro a European country a eucalyptus tree a eulogy

3.1.1. The same rule applies to nouns that begin with ur-. a uranium mine a urinal a urologist

3.1.1.1. Most nouns or adjectives that begin with uni– also require the indefinite article a. uni– a unicorn a uniform a unit of measure a university Be careful, there are some adjectives that begin with uni– which follow the general rule. an unidentified flying object an unimportant call an unintended result an unintelligent person

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