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A function for correctly using "a/an" before a word
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(Oct-07-2019, 05:51 PM)Exsul1 Wrote: [ ... ] word preceded by the indefinite article "a" or "an," depending on which is correct. This would be easy enough to do if the rule we were taught as kids were correct: "a" before a consonant, "an" before a vowel. But it isn't. It's "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound; hence, "an umbrella" but "a unicorn" (YOO-ni-corn).

Hi!

Just a thought on linguistics, not on Python:

Although, it seems that the rule for words beginning with an 'h' depends on the sound, it seems that for native speakers, it actually depends on tradition, even on the place you have been grown up, or studied.

Some people say 'a historic occasion', while others 'an historic occasion'.
Some people say 'a herb', while others 'an herb'.
Some people say 'a hotel', while others 'an hotel'.

The same could apply to some other words I've heard using either 'a' or 'an' before them: hysterical, heroic, horrific, and human, and the list is not over.

More on this issue:

http://editingandwritingservices.com/a-o...ng-with-h/

http://www.scribe.com.au/tip-w005.html

https://www.quora.com/Which-article-shou...al-A-or-an

https://www.writing-skills.com/hit-or-my...re-h-words

http://www.stgeorges.co.uk/blog/a-or-an-...r-an-hotel

https://english.stackexchange.com/questi...e-letter-h

https://www.lexico.com/en/grammar/a-hist...oric-event

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at...it-a-or-an

All the best,
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RE: A function for correctly using "a/an" before a word - by newbieAuggie2019 - Oct-07-2019, 07:51 PM

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