Coupon Accepted Successfully!

Usage Of ‘An’

Note: The letters a, e, i, o and u are vowels. The rest of letters of alphabets are called consonants.


Usage of ‘an’ is similar to that of ‘a’, but varies in the following respects:
  • An is used before a word starting with a vowel.The article ‘a’ is used before words beginning with a consonants sound.
E.g. an ass, an egg, an orange, an interesting idea, an omelette, an umbrella.

Words that are pronounced with the vowel sound of ‘u’ are preceded by ‘an’.
E.g. an umbrella, an uncle, an unctuous person.

Words that are pronounced with consonant sound of ‘u’ are preceded by ‘a’.
E.g. a university, a union, a uniform.
  • Similarly, ‘an’ is also used before the silent ‘h’.E.g. an hour, an honest man.
However, when ‘h’ is aspirated, ‘a’ is used.
E.g. a house (and not an house)
  • It is also used before short-forms beginning with f, e, h, l, m, n, r ,s and x E.g. an M.A., an L.L.B.

Test Your Skills Now!
Take a Quiz now
Reviewer Name