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Statement : What an illiterate group?

Is the above statement correct or do I have to use 'a' instead of 'an' since it succeeds 'what'?

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The usage of a/an depends on the sound of the first letter of the word it precedes. In your case, the word after the 'a(n)' particle begins with a vowel sound, therefore 'an' is the correct particle to use. If it were a consonant sound, 'a' would be used instead.

Examples:

  1. I saw a monkey.
  2. I saw an elephant.
  3. I found an M&M candy in my shoe.

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