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Tip 3: A or An

What do you do when you must choose between using ‘a’ or ‘an’ when it precedes a letter or word?

Use ‘a’ before a consonant sound (b, c, d, f, g, etc.).
Use ‘an’ before a vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u).

The key is to look at the sound the word makes.

Example: Bill said he wanted to become (a, an) FBI agent when he grew up.
Answer: Bill said he wanted to become an FBI agent when he grew up.

The letter F is a consonant, but it sounds like it is preceded with a vowel when it is pronounced.
An ‘ef’ – B – I agent?

Yes. It’s the initial sound of the word that we are looking for!

Now, isn’t that easy?