Chief Rules - I - 03

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The Chief Rules - I


The following are the chief rules as to the use of the articles.

1. 'An' is used when the following word [Noun or Adjective (+ Noun)] beginning with a vowel or the sound of a vowel.

E.g.: An apple, an idle girl, an oval mirror …

{For abbreviations, use either "a" or "an" depending on the pronunciation of the first letter in the abbreviation. Such as, "a CV", "a PC” … or "an HTML", "an MP" ...} (Not "a HTML", "a MP", ...)

2. ‘An’ is used before Heir, Honour (Honor), Honourable (Honorable), Honest, and Hour, as in these words the H is silent.

E.g.: An hour .... An honest boy ...

3. ‘A’ is used before words beginning with O with the sound of W.

E.g.: A one legged man, a one rupee …

4. Also before word beginning with a Y sound but spelt (spelled) with U or EW.

E.g. A union of states, a university, a used stamp, a useful plan, a ewe …

5. ‘A / An’ is used with a proper noun which has the meaning of a common noun.

E.g.: He is an Akbar and a Napoleon in one.

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