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Tricky unique grammar

Just another note about the challenges of the English language. Why “a unique…” rather than “an unique…”?

When a “u” word is pronounced as though it begins with a “y” (yoo nique), it’s treated more like the consonant sound of the y.

So:

  • a university;
  • an umbrella;
  • a usual day;
  • an unusual day.

Via http://wordwhirled.blogspot.com

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