I am trying to create a letter and before hand I need to know rather or not to use a or an for a specific sentence. I know that U is a vowel, but because of the way the sentence sounds I re-framed from using an and used a.

while also ensuring a unique style.

Should I use the statement above or should I use this:

while also ensuring an unique style.


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Using indefinite articles (a, an) in English depends on the sound that begins the next word:

Nouns beginning with a consonant: a boy, a user (sounds like 'yoo-zer, begins with a consonant 'y' sound, so 'a' is used), a university (again starts with the consonant 'y'), a unique (starts with the consonant 'y'), a European girl (sounds like 'yoo', starts with the consonant 'y')

Nouns beginning with a vowel: an egg, an ultra (sounds like 'ol-tra' and starts with the sound/vowel 'o'), etc.

Quick note: the vowel [u] doesn't have anything to do with the letter 'U'.

  • Thankyou Tom, this makes sense and I will be sure to use it.
    – Evylent
    Commented May 6, 2017 at 8:34
  • No problem. I hope it was of help.
    – Tom
    Commented May 6, 2017 at 17:48

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