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This function prepends a Indefinite Article before a string (text phrase) sent to it. Its logic is thus:

  • If the string starts with “uni” (a university, a unicycle), it gets preceded by an “a”.
  • If not, if it starts with a vowel, it gets preceded by an “an”.
  • Otherwise, it must start with a consonant, so gets preceded by an “a”.

Note that this yields “a unicorn” but also “a uninvited guest” – it’s not perfect – but if necessary various other exceptions can be coded in as they are located.



{{Article|aardvark}} in an article’s text yields “a aardvark” upon the render of the page. You can use this template in the flow of a SGTable output (which is its most useful state, when you don’t know what that generator’s text output will be), such as:

<sgdisplay iterations="1"> I went out walking and ran across a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], and a [Animal.fantasyLand]. </sgdisplay>

The above list should show all vowel-first animal names with an “an” in front of them (reload the page if no vowel-first animals appeared).

The template “ia” (for “indefinite article”) is a shortcut to this template, and can be used as {{ia|aardvark}} interchangeably, if you prefer a shorter command.