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Use of “a” versus “an”

I'm confused, when do I use "an" and when "a" ? I see some people are correcting my questions and changing a with an.

I drive a car sounds much better than I drive an car :|

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"I drive a car" is correct. "An" is used instead of "a" when the next word begins with a vowel (or sometimes with a vowel sounds, such as "he is an honest man", where the "h" in "honest" is not really pronounced). For example, "I drive an automobile". The "n" sound breaks apart the two vowel sounds to make the separate of the words clearer.

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