Is It a European or an European?

It’s a European. The rule for using “a” or “an” is based on pronunciation of the word that follows, not the spelling. The first sound of the word European (and Europe) is consonant (you).

It’s a European. The rule for using “a” or “an” is based on the pronunciation of the word that follows, not the spelling. The first sound of the word European (and Europe) is consonant (you).

She is a European.

She is an European.

When using "European" as an adjective, follow the same convention.

A European country should hold the conference.

It is a European treaty that aims to protect wildlife.

The creation of a European economy based on digital technologies requires a new form of collaboration that goes beyond the online meetings.

A partial list of words that also begin with “eu” in the spelling but “you” in the pronunciation, and therefore take the article “a”, can be found below:

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