an or a


should it be "an herbaceous plant" or "a herbaceous plant"?

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As an herbaceous plant, its leaves die in the winter months while its roots remain sturdy underground; thus, by spring, the plant flourishes─ producing a hollow-like stem and silvery, green leaves.
asked Mar 03 '13 at 02:02 Victor Bailey New member

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You're likely to get different answers on this. British pronunciation will sound the 'h', where US does not. 'An' would be more formal, but would be correct regardless of the pronunciation. It would be my choice.

link comment edited Mar 03 '13 at 04:10 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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