RE: a vs. an

Subject: RE: a vs. an
From: Aoidìn Scully <ascully -at- flexicom -dot- com>
To: "'Kelly Parr'" <KParr -at- c-bridge -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 15:59:35 -0000

No, it's just wrong. USed by the same people who say '...between you and
I...'. ;)

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Parr [mailto:KParr -at- c-bridge -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 3:00 PM
Subject: a vs. an

Can anyone tell me the grammatical rule for using:

"an historical moment."

I hear this a lot on public radio, etc., and I'm pretty sure it's wrong,
I'm having a debate with a colleague.

The typical rule is to use "a" before words beginning with a consonant
consonant sound (including "y" and "w" words) and "an" before words
beginning with a vowel or vowel sound. So why "an historical moment"?
assuming it's pronounced "an 'istorical..." Is this a British
that we've taken into American usage?

Kelly Parr
Technical Writer
kparr -at- c-bridge -dot- com

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