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You should use an “a” before all words that begin with consonants.
Use “an” before all words that begin with vowels.
There are, of course, a few exceptions to this rule. In American English, for words beginning with an “h,” use “a” if you pronounce the “h” and “an” if you don’t.
For words that begin with “u,” when the “u” sounds like the “y” in “you,” you should use “a” instead of “an.”
For words that begin with “o,” when the “o” sounds like the “w” in “won,” you should use “a” instead of “an.”
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