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An: precedes words starting with vowel sounds (an apple, an orange). (However, because "y" makes a yuh sound at the beginning of every word it starts, it is not preceded by "an", but by "a": "a young bear", "a u-nicorn"<a is used here because it is made the same way "y" us made in the mouth.) Am: used when describing yourself from first person: "I am not a rat! I am a man!" ("A" describes "rat" and "man", but "am" describes you.) On another note, you can also say: "I am an orange!" Here, "an" describes orange, which starts with a vowel sound, and "am" describes you. I hope you find this useful! :)