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a/an Exceptions to the Rule

Exception to the Rule

We use “a” before words that begin with a consonant sound, and we use “an” before words that begin with a vowel sound.

a / e / i / o / u

For example:

  • It was raining, and I didn’t have an umbrella.
  • I ate an apple and a sandwich for lunch.
  • A rabbit is an animal.


  • He went to the bank an hour ago.
  • She wants to go to a university in Colorado.
  • He would rather buy a European car than an American car.



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