Re: a/an

Subject: Re: a/an
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 20:02:57 -0400

Yes, as commonly pronounced.

Some make a further rule for words beginning with H:

If the accent is on the first syllable (a humid day), it's "A". If
elsewhere (an humidifier) it's "AN".

The question on whether to adopt this rule revolves around how one
pronounces the H. Those who tend towards "youmidifier" will tend to
choose "an" and those who distinctly say "HHHumidifier" might prefer
"a". Those who call H "a haitch" instead of "an aitch" should absolutely
say "a" before H. But I'd be reluctant to hire them as tech writers.

If you are documenting humidifiers, avoid the dispute by avoiding the
indefinite article, and say, "your humidifier" or "the humidifier".

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