Is it OK to say, Australia's Northern Territory passed an euthanasia law?

By. Justin, Ann Arbor, MI, USA - 12th Jan.2007

We generally use the article an before words that begin with a vowel sound. Do not get confused between sound and letter. The words university and unique begin with a vowel - at least in spelling. But when you pronounce these two words they begin with a consonant sound. Therefore one has to use the indefinite article a and not an before these two words. We have to say a unique person and a university. Similarly, the word euthanasia though it begins with a vowel letter, when the word is pronounced, the first sound is a consonant one. Therefore the article that will precede it is a and not an. It should be a euthanasia law. Euthanasia as you know is sometimes referred to as mercy killing. It is the act of painlessly killing an individual who has no hope of recovering from the disease that is slowly killing him. Euthanasia is illegal in most countries.

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