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A useful or an useful?
« on: October 01, 2019, 12:54:23 AM »
A useful or an useful?
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Answer: A useful.

The rule for putting an in front of unique or useful:

Although U is a vowel, the pronunciation of useful begins with a Y sound (yoos-ful) which is a consonant sound.

Wrong:   I found your post an useful read.
Right:     I found your post a useful read.

 unique [yoo-neek]
 useful [yoos-ful]
 usual  [yoo-zyoo-l]

In the case of an before a word that begins with u, let your ears guide you:

a useful device, but an unusual device
a unique feature, but an ultra-interesting feature
a unique element, but an unknown element
a uniform-based school, but an unconventional school
a useful paper, but an undervalued paper

Good luck with your writing.

jt
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