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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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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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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 undershirt or an undershirt? [closed]

I know the a/an rule, but as I meet both in my readings, I tried to google it, and I find both, with not site or dictionaries telling us we should use the one or the other one. My question is: are ...
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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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'an' or 'a' before the word 'user'? [duplicate]

We learn in English grammar class to use 'a' before words starting with consonants and 'an' before words starting with vowels. Since for the word 'user' which starts with a vowel, are we supposed to ...
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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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“a” or “an” in front of a word beginning with a vowel

I was writing a text when I came to say 'a union', then it struck me that I need to change the 'a' to 'an'. But for some reason, 'an union' didn't sound right. Why doesn't it work? Is it because its ...
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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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“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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Is it “an 1973 coin” or “a 1973 coin”? [duplicate]

I've recently noticed that I keep writing "an 1973 coin", and similarly for all the other dates that start with 1 (e.g. "an 1639 coin"). This does not only apply to coins, obviously, it's just the ...
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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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a lb or an lb, which is right?

At just two weeks old, he weighs less than a lb. or At just two weeks old, he weighs less than an lb. Grammar Checker says "an lb" is right, really?
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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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Confusion in placing Articles a and an before nouns

When I was a kid I was taught that Article An should be placed before nouns starting with a Vowel letter, but now i got to know that it's actually the sound of vowel we should focus not the letter. ...

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