Words that start with Vowels but don’t use An

Looking for the words that start with vowels but don’t use An with them! We have collected such words and compiled them into a list.

You might have learned in lower grades from your teachers that the article “A” is used before the consonants and the article “An” before the vowels. This basic rule for vowels and consonants was imparted in such a way that it was very difficult to terminate this basic rule from our minds. Many a time, the child gets confused and thinks repeatedly……..A………?….. or ……….An……? Don’t worry, we have a solution to this confusion.

List of Homophones | Homophones Exa...
List of Homophones | Homophones Examples

When a word begins with a vowel but sounds like a consonant. It is always preceded by the article “A”. Selection of “A” or “An” depends on the opening sound of the word. If it is like a consonant, use “A” before the word and if it sounds like a vowel, use “An” before the word.

List of Words that start with Vowels but don’t use “An”

The following is a list of words that we use in our everyday life. Besides, there are hundreds of words that begin with a Vowel but sound like a Consonant. The phonetic transcription of each word is given against the word in brackets.

WordPhonetic Transcription
Eucalyptus (juːkəˈlɪptəs)
Euro(jʊəɹəʊ)
European(jʊɹəˌpiːən)
Ewer(juːə)
One(wʌn)
UFO(ju ɛf ˈəʊ)
Uniform(juːnɪfɔːm)
Union(juːnjən)
Unique(juːˈniːk)
Unison(junisən)
Unit(juː.nɪt)
Unite(juˈnaɪt)
Unity(juːnɪti)
Univalent(juːnɪˈveɪlənt)
Universal(juːnɪˈvɜːsl)
Universe(juːnɪˌvɜːs)
University(juːnɪˈvɜːsətiː)
Uranium(jʊˈɹeɪniəm)
Urea(jʊˈɹiːə)
Urinal(juːˈɹaɪnəl)
Usage(juːsɪd͡ʒ)
Use(juːs)
Utensil(juˈtɛn.səl)
uterus(juː.təɹ.əs)
utility(juːˈtɪl.ɪ.ti)

1 thought on “Words that start with Vowels but don’t use An”

  1. If the sentence says “a cat and an ostrich”. Is that correct? Without “an” preceding “ostrich”, it sounds like we are saying there’s an animal that is a combination of the two creatures. And that’s not correct.

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