Is It a Uruguayan or an Uruguayan?

It’s a Uruguayan. The rule for using “a” or “an” is based on pronunciation, not spelling. The vowel “u” in this case makes a consonant sound (a “you” sound), and therefore takes the indefinite article “a”.

It’s a Uruguayan. The rule for choosing between a and an is based on pronunciation, not spelling. The initial letter of the word Uruguayan, the vowel “u”, makes a consonant sound (a “you” sound), and therefore takes the indefinite article “a”.

There is a Uruguayan restaurant near home.

There is an Uruguayan restaurant near home.

More examples:

We are looking for a Uruguayan technician to join our team.

I recently met a Uruguayan girl online.

She is a Uruguayan citizen born in Montevideo.

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

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