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Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'?



 
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Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'? #1 (permalink) Thu Jul 29, 2010 14:37 pm   Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #223 "Articles (4)", question 8

I have ......... unusual problem. Can I talk to you about it?

(a) a
(b) an
(c) the
(d) (none)

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #223 "Articles (4)", answer 8

I have an unusual problem. Can I talk to you about it?

Correct answer: (b) an

Your answer was: incorrect
I have a unusual problem. Can I talk to you about it?
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Hello,

Why it can't be a unusual problem ? the word unusual doesn't start with the consonant sound?

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Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'? #2 (permalink) Thu Jul 29, 2010 15:10 pm   Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'?
 

You seem to have the rules mixed up.

Words that begin with consonant sounds are usually preceded by 'a'.
Word that begin with vowel sounds are usually preceded by 'an'.
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Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'? #3 (permalink) Thu Jul 29, 2010 20:39 pm   Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'?
 

oops!!!

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Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'? #4 (permalink) Thu Jul 29, 2010 21:55 pm   Why is it 'an unusual problem' and not 'a unusual problem'?
 

You're welcome.
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