Concerning article usage

#1

Sorry. Like nails on a chalkboard.

The rule is that you use “an” before a vowel, but that’s understood to mean before a vowel SOUND. " used " begins with a consonant SOUND, a “y”. So phonetically, you’re saying, “YOO-sed.” Therefore, you must use “A used .” " An used " violates the rule.

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#2

Thank you SirGenius :). One more thing to learn.

#3

could’ve used ukelele, uniform, or youth for better examples
a ukelele - She plays a ukelele.
a uniform - He wears a uniform to school.
a youth - She is only a youth.

#4

I used “used” because that was what was in the offending sentence.

#5

On the flip side, “honest” and “honor” and other silent H initial words always trip up ESL learners too, cuz you gotta throw “an” in front of those.

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#6

Can we get
an%20universal%20shout
of agreement? :wink:

#7

not if you go ahead and sound the haitch :laughing:

#8

Which some people do, maybe not with those words but with some others that I wouldn’t expect O_o

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