posted by John on .
[j], [w] : phonetic symbols
Are both consonants or vowels?
They are called semi-vowels, but we add 'a' not 'an'.
ex. a year, a woman.
A is put before a consonant and an is put before a vowel, isn't it.
I'd like to know about [j], and [w].
Do you have a good website for that?
There are several entries here that discuss semivowels:
They are consonants, however, and I can think of only one (h) before which some people use "an" rather than "a" -- that is, you'd say and write about "drinking from a well" or "giving out a yell."
If you have words or sentences with specific instances of words like these, please post them, and we'll see if we can help you understand.