What is the pronunciation of “the”?
I've noticed that the word the is not always pronounced in the same way depending on the sound of the next word. I think it may be like the word a/an:
- an for words starting with a vowel sound: e.g. owl, honest person
- a for words starting with a consonant sound: e.g. dog, user
Is there any rule for this? What would be the exact sound for each case (please give a similar word with the same sound to have an idea)?