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Why “a user” instead of “an user”? [duplicate]

I am getting confused while using an article an. Because an is used while referring to vowels (a,e,i,o,u). But today I read an article where for user they used a user. My question is, why was an not ...
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Some words starting with vowels, preceded by 'an' instead or 'a' [duplicate]

We've all been taught in primary school how we're supposed to use 'an' instead of 'a' when we talk about an object whose name starts with a vowel, in its singular form. -> An Apple -> An Ostrich-> ...
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a spectacular vs an spectacular [duplicate]

Is it: a spectacular movie or it is said: an spectacular movie I'm writing a book in English but I'm Latino so I might need some help with this, I'd appreciate it a lot
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Use of “an” for a word not starting with a vowel [duplicate]

I've encountered this quite a few times now. I'm aware that usually words, starting with a vowel require an "an", words not starting with a vowel are preceded by an "a". Sometimes words start with a ...
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When there are some words between 'a' and the corresponding noun, do I use 'an'? [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct? I performed a reliability analysis. or I performed an reliability analysis.
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When to use “a” and when to use “an”? [duplicate]

Summation of answers and comments: Use "an" before a word that begins with a vowel sound, otherwise, use "a". Still not clear on which to use before acronyms that can be read as ...
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Confusion about use of article before the word open [duplicate]

I have a little doubt about use if article before the word open. Which one is correct in the following examples: There exists an open interval. There exists a open interval. What is the rule?
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Why there's 'a' and not 'an'? [duplicate]

I read most of the questions about an and a here, but still I'm not quite sure since I found that uniform should be "prefixed" with a instead of an (read in a comment here). So I totally lost the ...
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an/a R function [duplicate]

R is a computer language (link). When describing a function written in R, I want to know which of an R function or a R function is correct. I initially thought an R function was correct according to ...
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Why isn't it “an adblocker”? [duplicate]

Why isn't it "an adblocker"? I know that it should be a, but why does an feel so better and is an correct in this case?
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A or An with words starting with eu-? [duplicate]

While doing science homework, I came across something I found strange. The term "eukaryotic" had a as the article instead of an. I was looking at: A eukaryotic cell... I learned that if a word ...
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Should I use “an” in case that the adjective starts with a vowel? [duplicate]

Cambridge: The book presents a one-sided view of history. I'm confused. I thought that it should be an one-sided view of history. Could you please explain this case to me? I know that the article ...
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“a unique car” or “an unique car”? [duplicate]

does unique need "a" before it or "an" ? It starts with a vowel but it annoys when using "an" . I want the answer for a very formal article . Thanks !
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Should you use “a” or “an” with foreign words that start with “hi”? [duplicate]

For example, the word hikikomori (recluse in Japan). Some sources use "an hikikomori," like this entry in IMDb. And this article in the BBC uses "a hikikomori." Are both usages acceptable? Or only ...
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Why is it “an Asia” but not “a Asia”? [duplicate]

There was an Asia Minor and an Asia Major located in modern-day Iraq. Classical antiquity We use "an" when the word is starting with a, e, i, o, u. (e.g. an elephant) Second rule is if the word ...

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