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February 22, 2008 4:32 PM Subscribe
What are some other examples of using 'an' in front of a non-vowel like some do with 'an historic...'?
posted by afx114 to Writing & Language (40 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been disturbed by the use of "an historic" because all my meanie old grammar teachers taught me that you only use "an" in front of words that begin with a vowel. This page
gives good reasoning and indicates that there's no right answer and that opinion is pretty much split 50/50. The article also gives "an hypothesis" as an example, but I've never heard anyone say it that way. Why does "I saw an hippopotamus" sound so incorrect, even though it follows the 3-syllable rule? So I guess my main question is, what other examples like this exist that people actually use?