Should I use article "a" with the word "university"?
I was writing a sentence with the word university and was confused by the question whether I need to use article a or an. Could you help me? Is it a university or an university? Thank you!
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Hello Solamio, I wouldn't use any of them unless you use an adjective or specify the place or name your are referring to before the word university. i.e.: an old university or a prestigious university - the University of Harvard. No article (definite or indefinite) is used before university or school but in the cases above mentioned. I went to university/school many years ago. You can use 'a' in cases like this: A university is a place where you will enjoy learning. The letter 'u' is not considered to be a vowel in phonetics. I hope you find this useful. Greetings
you should use the university..That sounds more appropriate
I would rather use "the university" it's more natural. Besides that we use "an" before words that starts on vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and "a" before words that doesn't start on vowels.
In english there are vowels, a e i o u and only when a word begins with these vowels,it will always take “an” and for evey other alphabet it is “a” . So your answer is “an”
English has 5 vowels, and they are a, e, i, o, u. University is a word that starts with a vowel letter which does not have the phonetical (sound) use of vowels in its ‘U’. When you say ‘University’ you don’t say ‘u-niversity’ you say ‘Yu-niversity’. So even if a word starts with a vowel letter, the article ’an’ will be used only if it sounds a, e, i, o, u. other examples:- ‘an honest answer’ , ‘an year after’ , ‘a uniform in blue’
a University, because the U in university is pronounced as a long "u".
The vowel sounds a e I o u is not always used in this instance the u in university is pronunced yew as per the phonetic alphabet so a university is used
We use the article "an" when the first letter has a vowel sound. For example: An apple An egg An ice-cream An umbrella An orange An MP3 player as you can see, when you pronounce any of the nouns, you hear a vowel, so you should use the article "an".
Hi dear it is "a university" because "u" doesn't have a vowel sound here
If any word begins with a consonant SOUND, like "University" (We SAY it as - " Yew nee vir si tee", we use "a" and not "an". The reverse is also true: If a word that begins with a consonant SOUNDS like a vowel, we say "an". For example - " It's AN honour to meet you.