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The names of the consonant letters f, h, l, m, n, r, s, and x are pronounced with a beginning vowel sound. When these letters are used as words or to form words, they are preceded by an : to rent an L-shaped studio; to fly an SST. The names of the vowel letter u and the semivowel letters w and y are pronounced with a beginning consonant sound. When used as words, they are preceded by a : a U-turn; The plumber installed a Y in the line.
In some words beginning with the letter h, the h is not pronounced; the words actually begin with a vowel sound: an hour; an honor. When the h is strongly pronounced, as in a stressed syllable at the beginning of a word, it is preceded by a : a history of the Sioux; a hero sandwich. (In former times an was used before strongly pronounced h in a stressed first syllable: an hundred. ) Such adjectives as historic, historical, heroic, and habitual, which begin with an unstressed syllable and often with a silent or weakly pronounced h, are commonly preceded by an, especially in British English. But the use of a rather than an is widespread in both speech and writing: a historical novel; a habitual criminal. Hotel and unique are occasionally preceded by an, but this use is increasingly old-fashioned. Although in some dialects an has yielded to a in all cases, edited writing reflects usage as described above.
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auxiliary verb Pronunciation Spelling.
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noun, plural A's or As, a's or as.
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- (in some grading systems) a grade or mark, as in school or college, indicating the quality of a student's work as excellent or superior.
- (in some school systems) a symbol designating the first semester of a school year.
- the sixth tone in the scale of C major or the first tone in the relative minor scale, A minor.
- a string, key, or pipe tuned to this tone.
- a written or printed note representing this tone.
- (in the fixed system of solmization) the sixth tone of the scale of C major, called la.
- the tonality having A as the tonic note.
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A report by Kantar Media after the 2016 election found that Clinton spent 6 percent of her media budget on digital ads, compared to 40 percent for Trump.Trump and his campaign try to allay concerns about trailing Biden in television ads|Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
A timeline for election officials put together by the Department of Homeland Security showed that the process for expanding mail-in voting should have begun in April.
A big question in public health law is how far an executive, such as a governor, can go without legislative approval.Courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on|Anne Gearan, Karin Brulliard|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
A total of about 26 million doses of vaccine B would be available by the end of the year, most of them in December.Top health official says states need about $6 billion from Congress to distribute coronavirus vaccine|Lena H. Sun|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
A number of recent polls at the state level have measured both the presidential election and Senate races.If voters are wary of stating support for Trump in polls, why does he outperform GOP Senate candidates?|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for a (1 of 11)
determiner (indefinite article; used before an initial consonant)
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noun plural a's, A's or As
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aa or aw
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- a note having a frequency of 440 hertz (A above middle C) or this value multiplied or divided by any power of 2; the sixth note of the scale of C major
- a key, string, or pipe producing this note
- the major or minor key having this note as its tonic
- a film certified for viewing by anyone, but which contains material that some parents may not wish their children to see
- (as modifier)an A film
- a person whose job is in top management, or who holds a senior administrative or professional position
- (as modifier)an A worker See also occupation groupings