Is It a Unicorn or an Unicorn?

It’s a unicorn. The word “unicorn” begins with a vowel in the spelling, but it makes a consonant sound (a "you" sound).

It’s a unicorn. The word “unicorn” begins with a vowel in the spelling, but it makes a consonant sound (a "you" sound).

I’ve always wanted to see a unicorn.

I’ve always wanted to see an unicorn.

We use a or an based on the sound of the following word.

Is there a unicorn in those woods?

Last week I painted a unicorn on the wall of my child's bedroom.

Despite being a vowel, the letter “u” does not always produce a vowel sound.

Susan is ageless like a unicorn.

Remember, it is the sound, not the spelling, which is important.

Have you ever drawn a unicorn?

When using the word unicorn as an adjective, follow the same rule.

Yesterday I bought a unicorn necklace for my little girl.

A partial list of words that begin with the vowel “u” in the spelling but take the indefinite article “a”:

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