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Why is it a unicorn instead of an unicorn. Unicorn starts with a vowel and so shouldn't it be an?

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The correct phrase is "a unicorn." The article "a" is used before words that begin with a consonant sound, while "an" is used before words that begin with a vowel sound.

In the case of "unicorn," the initial sound is /j/ which is a semivowel sound, and it is considered a consonant sound. Therefore, you would say "a unicorn."


"She saw a unicorn in the forest."

Remember, it's the sound that matters, not the actual letter. So, even though "unicorn" starts with the letter U, which is a vowel, it is the sound that determines the correct article to use.

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