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When should I use “a” vs “an”?

Sorry I couldn't think of a better title, but I don't know how to explain my problem using terminology.

I have this sentence:

"Aside from that I'm an Irish Setter loving, Frank Turner junkie."

I understand you should use the word "an" over "a" when the following word begins with a vowel. In this case, it does. However, the sentence is meant to flow through to the word "junkie" – if that makes sense. And if you read it like this, it doesn't make sense to use "an":

"I'm an … Frank Turner junkie."

Should I be using "a" or "an" in this sentence?

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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Jan 16 '13 at 20:36

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We have four dozen questions on the subject and even a dedicated blog post. The answer is always the same. And you even spell it out yourself in your question. "I understand you should use the word an over a when the following word begins with a vowel." If you understand that, you understand the subject in its entirety. That is all there is to it. No however. No but. –  RegDwigнt Jan 16 '13 at 20:40

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It doesn't matter what the article is meant to "flow through," it should just properly match whatever it precedes. In this case:

An Irish

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yup, a/an is just phonological. There's no semantics. –  Charles Jan 16 '13 at 20:36

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