Do you use the article a or an before the word "historian"?
asked Jan 17 '12 at 02:52 Chehh New member

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A historian is correct.  A is for words that start with a consonant sound, such as a bike and a unicorn.  Even though unicorn starts with a vowel, it sound like a y.  An precedes words with vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u), such as an apple and an hour -- the h in hour is silent.

link comment edited Jan 18 '12 at 12:35 Jody M. Expert

You would say a historian, not an historian. You say the word an before consenit sound and say an before vowle sounds. 

link comment answered Jun 16 '16 at 14:42 Rachel M New member

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