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comment Is it “a user” or “an user”
‘Vowel’ and ‘consonant’ describe letters that represent vowel and consonant sounds, but they also describe the sounds themselves. A vowel is a sound made from the throat without interruption by the other vocal organs. A consonant is a sound blocked or restricted by audible friction. The initial sound of ‘user’, /j/, is interrupted by the position of the soft palate and the tongue. It is convenient to group it with the other consonants, but, because its place and manner of articulation are a little different from them, it is also known as a semi-vowel.
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comment “do the dishes” vs “wash the dishes”
It depends on who you live with.
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comment “I was going to be called Kate if I was a girl”
The unsophisticated dialect is British English.
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