Articles (the, a, an)

Use an before words that begin with a vowel sound and words that begin with a silent h:

  • an enemy
  • an heir

Use a before a consonant sound, including a pronounced h:

  • a hero
  • a union

Remember, it depends on how it is pronounced. Although union starts with a vowel, it is not pronounced with a vowel sound: you-nee-on.

The same rules apply before abbreviations and acronyms.

  • an SS office
  • a WSQ questionnaire
  • an OPQ report

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