Re: A User or An User?

Subject: Re: A User or An User?
From: Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 13:03:23 -0400

On 2008.05.27, Will Husa <Will -dot- Husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com> wrote:
> One of my clients may be confused on the use of "a vs an" when it comes to
> IT technical terms. The Associated Press Stylebook 2004 recommends that you
> use "a" before a word that sounds like a consonant. (A one-user license
> sounds like "a won you sir license.") Whereas, "an" should be used before a
> word that sounds like a vowel. (An NBA record sounds like "an en bee a
> record.")
> I've been using "a User" in my manuals. In your manuals, do you refer to the
> user as "a User" or "an User?"

"User" sounds like it starts with a consonant ("youser") - thus, "a
user" should be used.

Here's a link to a slightly more approachable explanation of the rule,

Dossy Shiobara | dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com |
Panoptic Computer Network |
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folly -- then you can let go and quickly move on." (p. 70)

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