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Is a Euler or an Euler correct? 
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#1
Nov2912, 11:17 AM

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Given the pronunciation sounds like "oiler", which article do we use?
Couldn't find the grammar forum! 


#2
Nov2912, 11:32 AM

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Since "oiler" begins with a vowel, it's "an Euler". In days of old, children would have known that even before they learned what an Euler is, as you can see in this playground song:
What noise annoys an Euler? Oh tell me, tell me do. What noise annoys an Euler And gets him in a stew? Of all the noisy noises Along the sea and coast, I tell ya boys, a noisy noise Annoys an Euler most! (Okay, it should be "oyster" and not "Euler", but the principle's the same.) 


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Dec2212, 05:57 PM

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Euler is a name, and hence it is a proper noun. In this case, we do not say "an Euler" because Euler is a person. Saying "an " implies that there are multiple cases, i.e. more than one Euler. However, if the name is attached to some mathematical object, then you can say "an Euler constant," because there may be multiple cases. The Euler in this case is treated as a simple noun.



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Dec2212, 06:30 PM

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Is a Euler or an Euler correct?
And, as to the OP's question, it's "an" because the vowel sound used in the actual pronunciation is what matters in determining the indefinite article. 


#5
Dec2212, 07:44 PM

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Unless you mispronounce Euler as many do. In that case, it's a Euler.



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Dec2212, 08:10 PM

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This sounds like an unique situation that deserves a honest answer.



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Dec2312, 09:54 AM

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#9
Dec2312, 10:13 AM

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Wait. Are we talking about the mathematician Leonhard Euler, or his football player brother Houston Euler?



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Dec2312, 10:51 AM

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