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    I have a english grammar question

    Which of the these sentences is correct

    An open case - because the next letter in the sentence is a vowel

    or is it

    A open case - because the a/an depends on the noun and that starts with a consonant

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    An open case I think.

    Sometimes you can have 'a' when the next word stars with a vowel though, but I can't think of an example right now.

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    definitely an open case
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    For the sake of convenience, many teachers tell their students that the indefinite article a is used before consonants, while an is used before vowels. In most cases, this is true:

    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A cat
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A dog
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A house
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A man
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A woman



    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An apple
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An elephant
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An ice-cream
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An orange
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An umbrella

    However, the choice between a and an actually depends on pronunciation, not spelling. Thus, a is used before a consonant sound, even if it is written as a vowel, and an is used before a vowel sound, even if it is written as a consonant:

    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A uniform
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A one-sided game
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An hour
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An NCO

    Some people say an, not a, before words beginning with h when the first syllable is not stressed:

    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An hotel (a hotel is more common)
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An historical novel (a historical is more common)

    When an abbreviation takes an article, it depends on the pronunciation of the first letter of the abbreviation:

    &nbsp; &nbsp; * An NCO
    &nbsp; &nbsp; * A UN spokesman.
    yep, an open case

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    Thanks all

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    It&#39;s glottal stop time again.

    The whole point about saying an rather than a is to prevent the glottal stop which would otherwise occur.

    The case of the letter h starting the next word is an interesting point. Using an does not particularly change the flow where the h is pronounced. But using a when the h is dropped again produces a glottal stop.

    See here for more information.
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