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Why does one say "A eulogy" but also "An orange"....what's the rule???

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Not a grammatician, but I believe rule of thumb is by how the word sounds. If it begins with a consonant sound, use a. If it begins with a vowel sound, use an. Because euology is pronounced with a "you" - or consonant y sound, it's "an". Whereas an orange is an orange is an orange. It's all "o." That's also why we say "an hour" or "an honor", the h isn't pronounced, so it sounds like the word begins with an o. Don't you just love the English language?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "An" should be used before a vowel sound,- as in orange- but, "eulogy" sounds like it begins with a consonant, "Y", so we use "A".

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  • 1 decade ago

    When you say a "yoo" sound the rule doesn't work. for example..

    A uniform

    When you say an "u" sound the rule is there. for example....

    An umbrella.

    The rule is for all the other vowels

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i think its that the english language wasnt really thought out properly

    i mean what about the vowels

    a,e,i,o,u

    ok we fgot that

    every word has a vowel..ok, so whaabout 'why'

    a,e,i,o,u and sometimes y

    dosent rewally have the same jingle does it?

    : )

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