usage of "a" and "an"

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Which is correct, and what is the rule?

 

"A" historic moment

 

"An" historic moment

asked Aug 18 '13 at 18:24 Alice Talar New member

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You will see it both ways, Alice, and both are accepted. Years ago, 'an historic' was the prefered way, but 'a historic' is fine. The sound of the following word is used to determine whether 'a' or 'an' is used, and 'historic' has the consonant 'h' sound. Some words that are pronounced differently in British and American English may raise questions. The word 'herb' is a good example. It's pronounce 'erb' in the US and 'herb' in the UK. Americans would say 'an erb' and Brits would say 'a herb'.

link comment answered Aug 18 '13 at 19:07 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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