Re[2]: Articles with Acronyms

Subject: Re[2]: Articles with Acronyms
From: "Virginia L. Krenn" <asdxvlk -at- OKWAY -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 08:48:42 -0600

This really doesn't depend on tradition or opinion. The article, an,
is used before any word that doesn't have a starting consonant sound
so that there won't be two consecutive vowel sounds. Just decide how
you pronounce a word and then use the appropriate article.

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Subject: Re: Articles with Acronyms
Author: "Sandy, Corinne" <CHS8 -at- cpsod1 -dot- em -dot- cdc -dot- gov> at SMTP
Date: 1/12/95 9:12 AM

Something caught my eye during this discussion. I read in some style guide
a long time ago that "an" before a word beginning with "h" is not
incorrect. An "a" should be used. The rationale is because,
historically, h's were not pronounced . Instead of pronouncing "history"
it used to be pronounced 'istory. And because of this, "an" was used.
Now-a-days in English, it is pronounced history, so an is supposedly
obsolete. Consequently, I write and say "a" before "h." The funny thing
is, though, that I was tempted to write "an" when writing this e-mail
anytime I was going to write "h." So, now I'm not sure. What do you
think?


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