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"An" is used instead of "a" when the following word starts with a vowel sound. Vowel sounds are the sounds of the letters a, e, i, o, u.

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grammar is preposition

"an 2" is a type of small common word


Relationship of something to something else and shows something is "for each" or "for every" something else. Can modify a large number of words.

Examples of how the word is used

an illustration Average wages in the mining industry vary between 15 and 20 dollars an hour
an illustration Only about 37 minutes an orbit were spent in mapping the surface.