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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 2 months ago

A or an before "youth"?

Youth is pronounced Euth (like Eu in Europe). So it should be "an". But some websites say it's "a".

Update:

Fyi the pronunciation of Yu is Ee-iu, when said quickly it sounds like a consonant sound but it's actually two vowels.

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  • 2 months ago

    The sound of Y (EU) at the beginning of a word is treated as a consonant for almost all words. Therefore the article is not "an" it's "a". 

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  • 2 months ago

    Who made you the authority on pronunciation and grammar ?  You are too big for your boots.  And you are wrong, although I doubt that you will believe it.

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  • Zirp
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    2 months ago

    > the pronunciation of Yu is Ee-iu

    No it's not. The Y in "youth" is a consonant, just like the J in the analogous dutch "jeugd/jongere" and the german "Jugend(liche)"

    "a youth" is correct, "an youth" is wrong

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  • RP
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    2 months ago

    In the US, a is the correct indefinite article.

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  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Your logic is incorrect.

    The beginning sound is “Y”, FOLLOWED by “u”.

    The correct choice is “a”.

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  • 2 months ago

    Those websites are right. We certainly say 'a youth', on both sides of the Atlantic.We also say 'a European'.Yes, 'e' is a vowel. But the combination 'eu' here SOUNDS like 'yoo'. The initial SOUND of the word is a consonant sound, 'y'. So we say 'a youth', 'a young person', 'a European', 'a euphemism', 'a university'.

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  • 2 months ago

    A ... because the Y is a hard U (in America). [English is a funny language.]

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  • JimTom
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    "An" is only used for vowel sounds "y" or "ye" is not technically a vowel sound, so no

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  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's "a," not "an."  What determines whether to use "a" or "an" is if the following sound—regardless of what letter actually appears next—is a consonant sound or a vowel sound.  If the following sound is a consonant sound, then use "a."  If the following sound is a vowel sound, then use "an."  A hard Y-sound is considered a consonant sound, so we say, "a youth pastor," and we say, "a European car." 

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  • 2 months ago

    In the US the 'y' in 'youth' is considered a consonant, so it's 'a youth'.  In the  UK I'm not sure, but I think they say it the same.

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