An Historic or a Historic

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Is it an historic or a historic? I'm told this is a great place to get answers for tricky grammar questions. Someone asked me whether in the case of "I'm proud of you, this is a historic/ an historic day for us all." and I wasn't sure what to say, both sound right.

 

Does anyone know what the difference between the two is, or if one of them is right and the other is wrong? Even better, if you have an explanation as to WHY this is the case, I could learn from it and pass it along.

 

Have a good weekend!

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You will see it and hear it both ways. Some people will argue that it is totally incorrect to use 'an'. 'A historic' is more commonly used, and probably the best usage.

link answered Aug 09 '13 at 20:22 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

I knew it! So you wouldn't say an historic is wrong, just less common than a historic?

Francesca BenetazzoAug 09 '13 at 20:41

Correct.

Lewis NeidhardtAug 09 '13 at 21:25

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