Re: using articles (exceptions to rules, etc.)

Subject: Re: using articles (exceptions to rules, etc.)
From: ROMAY SITZE <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 13:30:33 -0700

On Wed, 17 Jan 1996, Roberta J. Kirby-Werner wrote:

> In the thread concerning the pronunciation of acronyms, some folks
> mentioned exceptions to the rules for using articles preceding words
> beginning with vowels as well as with the consonant "h". I learned
> several years ago (in a graduate linguistics class) that the criterion for
> choosing the right article is the _sound_ which begins the word, not
> purely whether it's a vowel or consonant.

Sound is the criterion I learned also. It works reasonably well and is
an easier method than any other I have ever seen.

RoMay Sitze, rositze -at- nmsu -dot- edu

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