# English

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[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?

• English -

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.

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