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Posted: 1/17/2006 6:29:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 6:37:13 AM EDT by amk5222]
would it be

a historic moment \ a honerable discharge?

or

an historic moment \ an honerable discharge?

Eta I am looking for either A or AN as being correct.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:30:34 AM EDT
honorable
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:30:58 AM EDT
Well, the simplest answer is yes. But, technically the answer is no.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:38:11 AM EDT
a historic moment

an honorable discharge

That's how I would say it...
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:40:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JustinOK34:
a historic moment

an honorable discharge

That's how I would say it...



Right. If the H is pronounced, as in "historic" or "horse", then you use "A".

If it's silent, as in "honorable" then it's "AN".

You wouldn't say "AN HORSE" would you?

Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:41:20 AM EDT
a historic moment \ a honerable discharge

You us "an" before any word that starts with a vowel.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:41:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 6:42:41 AM EDT by mjohn3006]
That is weird. "an" should be used when the next word starts with a vowel. "h" is not a vowel.

But "an honerable discharge?" sounds right, "a honerable discharge?" does not.

Weird.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:42:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 6:46:05 AM EDT by bfieldburt]

Originally Posted By JustinOK34:
a historic moment

an honorable discharge

That's how I would say it...



I think you could probably get away with "an" with both words due to both being fronted by strong vowel sounds. As you probably know, "an" is used before words that start with a vowel. I think with these words you are simply seeing an evolution of that rule even though the words don't start with vowels simply because they have strong vowel sounds anyway. Once you get used to saying something, you will probably say the same thing when other words have similiar sounds. But, as a hard and fast rule, I'd stick with this....


If the H is pronounced, as in "historic" or "horse", then you use "A".

If it's silent, as in "honorable" then it's "AN".

You wouldn't say "AN HORSE" would you?

Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:44:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 6:44:14 AM EDT by sixgunsblazing]

Originally Posted By daisywench:

Originally Posted By JustinOK34:
a historic moment

an honorable discharge

That's how I would say it...



Right. If the H is pronounced, as in "historic" or "horse", then you use "A".

If it's silent, as in "honorable" then it's "AN".

You wouldn't say "AN HORSE" would you?



+1
And if you're calling out Grammar Nazi's, make sure you get your spelling and punctuation correct in your question.

Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:46:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Nicholastheczar:
a historic moment \ a honerable discharge

You us "an" before any word that starts with a vowel.



Incorrect.

You use an before a word that starts with a vowel sound. Honorable has a silent h.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 6:47:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 6:58:39 AM EDT by JustinOK34]

Originally Posted By bfieldburt:

Originally Posted By JustinOK34:
a historic moment

an honorable discharge

That's how I would say it...



I think you could probably get away with "an" with both words due to both being fronted by strong vowel sounds. As you probably know, "an" is used before words that start with a vowel. I think with these words you are simply seeing an evolution of that rule even though the words don't start with vowels simply because they have strong vowel sounds anyway. Once you get used to saying something, you will probably say the same thing when other words have similiar sounds. But, as a hard and fast rule, I'd stick with this....


If the H is pronounced, as in "historic" or "horse", then you use "A".

If it's silent, as in "honorable" then it's "AN".

You wouldn't say "AN HORSE" would you?






Hey the French got something right!

Liaisons...

Edit - They don't have words that begin in a vowel sound follow words than end in a vowel sound.
ie. The plural of the word 'the' is "les", which the 's' is usually silent. However, when "les" is followed by a word beginning with a vowel sound, the 's' will be pronounced.

Habitants - "Ah-bi-ton"

Les Habitants - "Lez Ah Bi Ton"
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 7:02:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 7:10:12 AM EDT by eye_spy]
A or An?
Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
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"A" goes before all words that begin with consonants.

a cat
a dog
a purple onion
a buffalo
a big apple

with one exception: Use an before unsounded h.

an honorable peace
an honest error



"An" goes before all words that begin with vowels:

an apricot
an egg
an Indian
an orbit
an uprising

with two exceptions: When u makes the same sound as the y in you, or o makes the same sound as w in won, then a is used.

a union
a united front
a unicorn
a used napkin
a U.S. ship
a one-legged man


VOWELS: a / e / i / o / u
CONSONANTS: all others: b / c / d / f / g / h / o ...etc.


Link Posted: 1/17/2006 7:08:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By eye_spy:
A or An?
Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"A" goes before all words that begin with consonants.

a cat
a dog
a purple onion
a buffalo
a big apple

with one exception: Use an before unsounded h.

an honorable peace
an honest error



"An" goes before all words that begin with vowels:

an apricot
an egg
an Indian
an orbit
an uprising

with two exceptions: When u makes the same sound as the y in you, or o makes the same sound as w in won, then a is used.

a union
a united front
a unicorn
a used napkin
a U.S. ship
a one-legged man






wow!
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 7:13:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2006 7:13:38 AM EDT by eye_spy]

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:

Originally Posted By eye_spy:



wow!



I actually had to look it up AGAIN too.

Like you, I knew it was "A" historic moment and "AN" honorable discharge. But I could not DURN remember what the rule was!
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