|Grammar and Style » General Reference » A vs. An » The Only Tricky Part|
|For most words, knowing whether to use "a" or "an" is fairly simple:
a rainy day
There are only two tricky situations. The first is with words that begin with an "h" or a "u." These letters can have either a consonant sound or a vowel sound:
an honest answer
The second tricky situation is when you use abbreviations, which can begin with a sound that is different from the letter they begin with:
an F.B.I. agent
an M.V.P. award
•In either case, use "a" or "an" according to the beginning sound of the abbreviation or word.
A quick quiz
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