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    Default Ukulele..."an" or "a"

    I've seen many posts containing "an ukulele".

    Even though "an ukulele" is the proper grammar, I've never heard anyone actually say that while speaking, like someone asking you "Do you have an ukulele?". Wazzup with that?

    Ok, enough of that, I gotta go grab an uke now, and study my Circle of 4ths

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    Forget about "a" or "an", who owns only one ukulele anyway? It is always ukuleleS!!!
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    I'm going to throw this out there from college linguistics, which was a long time ago. I believe it is not based on whether the first letter is a vowel or not, but how it is pronounced. In the case of unicorn, it is a unicorn, not an unicorn. So if you pronounce it you-ka-lele, it would be a you-ka-lele. If you pronounce it oo-ka-lele, it would be an oo-ka-lele. Don't hold me to this, I'm going way back in my knowledge of this sort of trivia.
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    It's "ook" versus "yook" all over again. I imagine Rllink is correct: those who are from the "ook" school will be prone to use use "an," while those from the "yook" school will prefer using "a."

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    Yeah, that makes sense...a uke vs an ook...a written vs spoken word thing, thanks.

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    This has been flamed/trolled to death a million times already. Has to do with how you say it. https://www.google.com/search?q=site....com+oo+vs+you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm going to throw this out there from college linguistics, which was a long time ago. I believe it is not based on whether the first letter is a vowel or not, but how it is pronounced. In the case of unicorn, it is a unicorn, not an unicorn. So if you pronounce it you-ka-lele, it would be a you-ka-lele. If you pronounce it oo-ka-lele, it would be an oo-ka-lele. Don't hold me to this, I'm going way back in my knowledge of this sort of trivia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm going to throw this out there from college linguistics, which was a long time ago. I believe it is not based on whether the first letter is a vowel or not, but how it is pronounced. In the case of unicorn, it is a unicorn, not an unicorn. So if you pronounce it you-ka-lele, it would be a you-ka-lele. If you pronounce it oo-ka-lele, it would be an oo-ka-lele. Don't hold me to this, I'm going way back in my knowledge of this sort of trivia.
    I think this is right as well. So let's go with 'an ukulele'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lapyang View Post
    Forget about "a" or "an", who owns only one ukulele anyway? It is always ukuleleS!!!
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    Yep, it should be ukes......

    However, if you pronounce it yookalaylee, it's a.........but if you pronounce it ookooleylee it's an........but it doesn't stop there....because when you write it, you either write it ukulele or 'ukulele, the first uses an a, but the second form should correctly use an an........
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