RE: Use of A and An

Subject: RE: Use of A and An
From: "technicoid" <technicoid -at- cableone -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 11:34:42 -0700

John Fleming wrote:

>Generally, use 'a' when the following word begins with a consonant (a
dog, a cat), Use >'an' when the following word begins with a vowel (an
>Now for some special cases.
>With the letter 'h', use an if the 'h' is pronounced (a horse), but use
'an' when the >'h' is silent (an honour).

Perhaps a simpler way to remember is this: if it begins with a consonant
_sound_, use a. If it begins with a vowel sound, use an. The point is
wither the phoneme that follows the article has a stop, fricative,
glide, or what not.

technicoid -at- cableone -dot- net



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