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A vs. An

posted Feb 15, 2011, 12:23 PM by K Day   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 1:08 PM ]
Today as we were reviewing our site words, I noticed Taka had a bit of trouble with the word "an". It's a simple enough word but for some reason I had missed that he didn't actually have a handle on it. So we dug right in and tackled this little word and it's "Rule". 

Always put "a" before words that begin with a consonant sound and "an" before words that start with a vowel sound

Remember, it's not just a consonant or vowel but a consonant or vowel sound. For instance, you would say "an hour" instead of "a hour". Even though the H in "hour" is a consonant, you use "an" because it's a vowel sound

We wrote out a few examples on the white board and Taka caught on pretty quick once he saw it in action.