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Question by Hector Hermoza
Submitted on 4/22/2004
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When is it used the pronunciation of the indefinite article "a" as /ey/?


Answer by Mary
Submitted on 1/9/2006
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When "a" is used as a letter of the alphabet (a, b, c, etc.) it is pronounced "ay." When it is used as an indefinite article, it is pronounced as schwa :  "uh."   For example:  My little brother is learning his ay, bee, cee's   I bought "uh" book.  However, if the following word begins with a vowel sound, we use "an."  Ex.:  He carries an umbrella.  It is an honor to serve you.

 

Answer by bello
Submitted on 9/11/2006
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In spoken British English it's more common to pronounce the "a" as "ey"
In A.E. it's rather spoken as "".


 

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