An EU issue or a EU issue?

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An EU issue or a EU issue?

Post by george_bass » 31 Aug 2016, 11:25

Hello there,

I share with you this embarrassing question. Which of the following phrases is correct, and why?

This is an EU issue.
This is a EU issue.


Thank you for your help.

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Post by Blythe » 08 Sep 2016, 07:41

The answer is "an EU issue". The rule is "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound. E, pronounced "ee" with a long vowel sound, would have "an" before it. You're welcome. :D

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Post by SandraTWP-BRW » 08 Sep 2016, 10:20

Blythe wrote:The answer is "an EU issue". The rule is "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound. E, pronounced "ee" with a long vowel sound, would have "an" before it. You're welcome. :D
I agree.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 09 Sep 2016, 15:55

I concur with the other two posts.
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Post by ramblinggnomes » 19 Nov 2016, 06:46

I also agree with the previous replies. An or a is determined by whether or not the word begins with a vowel sound.

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Post by Abfaniki » 03 Aug 2017, 07:26

this is an EU issue is the right answer.
vowel sounds go with an not a ( Vowels are the letters A, E, I, O, U).
an apple.
not a apple

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Post by BoyLazy » 30 Sep 2017, 03:26

Blythe wrote:The answer is "an EU issue". The rule is "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound. E, pronounced "ee" with a long vowel sound, would have "an" before it. You're welcome. :D
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Post by Rosemary Wright » 06 Dec 2017, 10:32

An EU is correct because the EU is pronounced e-u. The "e" is a vowel sound.

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Post by shelidizel » 06 Dec 2017, 10:33

An EU issue

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