Applications and rules for undefined articles (Example: ( A car. , A…
Applications and rules for undefined articles
There is a simple way to remember this. When the word starts with a vowel (a, e, i, u, u), then you should use 'an' as it sounds better and you hear more appropriate when you say it.
When the word begins with a consonant you must use 'a'.
However, with this rule there is an exception. If you are using a word with a mute 'h', such as 'honorable' or 'honest' then you have to use 'an'. Therefore, he would be "an honorable man" and "an honest error."
With words like 'umbrella', 'ice cream' and 'apple' have to use: "an umbrella", "an ice cream" and "an apple".
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' you must use 'a'. An example would be "a European tour".
How to use a, an
By: Miguelina Villatoro