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Offline JTetstone

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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
« Last Edit: October 01, 2019, 02:21:53 AM by JTetstone »
It's a waste of time to try to teach a heart writer rules for writing.. Smile. jt

Offline robcarr

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Re: A useful or an useful?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2020, 12:58:46 PM »
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 this 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

Yeah, I know it's an old thread. But I was looking for the answer and just accidentally found it. I really appreciate this info.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2020, 11:11:56 AM by robcarr »