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When do I use "a" and when do I use "an"?
The rule is simple: You use
before a consonant sound and
before a vowel sound.
He wanted a Mercedes-Benz for his birthday.
She gave him an Acura instead.
When a word begins with the letter H, if the H is sounded, use
If it's silent, use
When she was bad, she was a horrible girl.
Congress considered Vice President Ford an honorable man.
The same rule applies to acronyms: If the sound that begins the acronym is a consonant sound when you say it, use
. If it's a vowel sound when you say it, use
Sam was a CIA agent, and Linda was an FBI profiler.
Jeff is a UAW steward at the auto plant.
Shirley is an NAACP member.
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