A or an before "youth"?
Youth is pronounced Euth (like Eu in Europe). So it should be "an". But some websites say it's "a".
Fyi the pronunciation of Yu is Ee-iu, when said quickly it sounds like a consonant sound but it's actually two vowels.
- Christin KLv 72 months ago
The sound of Y (EU) at the beginning of a word is treated as a consonant for almost all words. Therefore the article is not "an" it's "a".
- ignoramusLv 72 months ago
Who made you the authority on pronunciation and grammar ? You are too big for your boots. And you are wrong, although I doubt that you will believe it.
- ZirpLv 72 months ago
> the pronunciation of Yu is Ee-iu
No it's not. The Y in "youth" is a consonant, just like the J in the analogous dutch "jeugd/jongere" and the german "Jugend(liche)"
"a youth" is correct, "an youth" is wrong
- RPLv 72 months ago
In the US, a is the correct indefinite article.
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- LaurieLv 72 months ago
Your logic is incorrect.
The beginning sound is “Y”, FOLLOWED by “u”.
The correct choice is “a”.
- bluebellbkkLv 72 months ago
Those websites are right. We certainly say 'a youth', on both sides of the Atlantic.We also say 'a European'.Yes, 'e' is a vowel. But the combination 'eu' here SOUNDS like 'yoo'. The initial SOUND of the word is a consonant sound, 'y'. So we say 'a youth', 'a young person', 'a European', 'a euphemism', 'a university'.
- SumDudeLv 72 months ago
A ... because the Y is a hard U (in America). [English is a funny language.]
- JimTomLv 42 months ago
"An" is only used for vowel sounds "y" or "ye" is not technically a vowel sound, so no
- NancyLv 72 months ago
It's "a," not "an." What determines whether to use "a" or "an" is if the following sound—regardless of what letter actually appears next—is a consonant sound or a vowel sound. If the following sound is a consonant sound, then use "a." If the following sound is a vowel sound, then use "an." A hard Y-sound is considered a consonant sound, so we say, "a youth pastor," and we say, "a European car."
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 72 months ago
In the US the 'y' in 'youth' is considered a consonant, so it's 'a youth'. In the UK I'm not sure, but I think they say it the same.