Is It a Union or an Union?

It’s a union. We use “a” with nouns that start with a consonant sound. Sometimes, as in the case of “union”, a word begins with the vowel “u” in the spelling, but with a consonant in the pronunciation (you).

It’s a union. We use “a” with nouns that start with a consonant sound. Sometimes, as in the case of “union”, a word begins with the vowel “u” in the spelling, but with a consonant in the pronunciation (you).

Are you connected with a union?

Are you connected with an union?

Remember, when deciding whether to use a or an, it is the sound, not the spelling, which is important.

A union is a workers' organization which aims to improve their working conditions and salary.

Do you think that all employees should join a union?

More examples:

Our love is more than just a union of two hearts.

When two or more countries have been joined together, you can refer to them as a union.

They are trying to form a union to demand better working conditions.

As an adjective, the word union can be used to describe another noun. In such a situation, follow the same practice of using the indefinite article “a”.

He became a union leader.

Do you have a union meeting today?

A list of words that begin with the letter “u” in the spelling but “you” in the pronunciation, and therefore take the article “a”:

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