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English Is Weird. . .Vowel Version

October 25, 2022

We all know the rules, right? I’m talking about “a” vs “an.” You use “a” if the following word starts with a consonant. You use “an” if the following word starts with a vowel. It’s one of the simplest rules. Mostly because there are only 5 vowels.


No problem.

“A house.” (Because “h” is a consonant.) But, it’s an honor.

Wait, what? Sometimes it’s “an” before a consonant? But, vowels are easy; a, e, i, o ,u.

Okay, so it’s “an elephant.” Easy enough. Until it’s “a unicorn.” Really? the unicorn gets the “n”? We’ve got “an orange.” But, it’s “a ouija board.”

English is weird. Even the simple rules are complicated.

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Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany III A Collection of Holiday Short Stories, an anthology including his latest short story, “You Can Call Me Dan” here

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