From the Publisher
“For anyone who writes, whether blogs or greeting cards, and anyone who speaks in public ... this book should be in your reference library!” City Book Review
“The book's tips will help increase SAT scores and will come in handy when writing papers or college entrance essays. You will find Fogarty's style to be warm, humorous, and accessible. Become a confident writer and speaker. You won't just sound smarter, you'll be smarter!” Portland Book Review
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A Versus An
Sadly, a lot of people were taught the wrong rule for using the articles a and an. It’s the sound of the next word that determines the word choice, not the first letter.
If the next word starts with a vowel sound, use an. If the next word starts with a consonant sound, use a. That means a word starting with u or o, for example, can require a or an depending on the pronunciation: a unicorn, an uncle, a onetime deal, an owner.
QUICK AND DIRTY TIP
To remember that words starting with certain letters can go either way, set the image in your mind of a man playing a ukulele under an umbrella—an image that uses two u-words that require different articles.
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