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Choose the grammatically INCORRECT sentence:

  1. He is of Asian origin.
  2. They belonged to Africa.
  3. She is an European.
  4. They migrated from India to Australia.
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C. She is a European

"The sound of a word's first letter determines which to use. If the word starts with a vowel sound, you should use an. If it starts with a consonant sound, you should use a."

The word "European" does not start with a vowel sound, it starts with the syllable "you". The "y"-sound is in this case a consonant (or at least a half-consonant), so the indefinite article is "a".

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Your explanation is very correct. However, the rule I knew is the exception where the word pronounces starting with 'eeu-' (i-u) or 'oaa-' (o-a) (sorry, I transliterated from Bengali; I studied grammar in that language :)), it will be a instead. Example, a European, a university, a one-eyed deer, a one-hundred rupee note.

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