an

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Pronunciation[change]

stressed
unstressed
  • IPA: /ən/
  • SAMPA: /@n/
  • (file)
    (unstressed in the phrase "an egg")

Determiner[change]

Determiner
an

  1. An (or a) is used when the following word could be any of a certain type.
    I just ate an apple.
    It is indeed an honor to have met you today.

Usage notes[change]

  • An is only used if the following word starts with a vowel (e.g., an orange pen not a orange pen).
  • (UK) Used before a word that begins with a pronounced h sound (e.g., an historic day).
  • If the following word starts with a consonant then we use a instead.
  • An is called the indefinite article.

Related words[change]