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    I swear that acronyms always get ‘a’ in front of them, no? 🙂

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  • mike,
    It’s a to-MAY-to versus to-MAH-to thing…
    You say “YOU ARE ELL” he says “EARL”

    🙂 I am from Wisconsin, so I say WAY-gon.
    However, the previous post refers to proper grammar, not speech.

    It’s “a” if it precedes a consonant, and “an” if it precedes a vowel. The question is whether one sees “URL” as starting with a consonant or a vowel. It seems obvious enough, since “U” is a vowel, but since we generally prounounce this acronym as “You-Are-El,” in fact the phrase is understood to start with a consonant sound.

    Right. I thought that it was actually a gramattical rule though (not something stemming from pronunciation), specifically for acronyms. Whatev.

    No it stems from pronunciation not the strict application of the rule. Hence an hotel.

    An Hotel?
    Since when?
    I worked at a hotel for about 8 years, and it was always A hotel at An airport.

    Really? I am going to ask my english phd friend.


    It’s an hotel not a hotel. The h is considered as a modifier of the initial vowel.
    Also in the readme.html it says:
    “It is best to keep the address dicrete.”
    I presume that should read “discrete”.



    A or An.
    Use “an” in place of “a” when it precedes a vowel ‘sound’, not just a vowel.
    That means it’s “an honor” (the h is silent), but “a UFO” (because it’s pronounced yoo eff oh).
    This confuses people most often with acronyms and other abbreviations: some people think it’s wrong to use “an” in front of an abbreviation (like “MRI”) because “an” can only go before vowels.
    Poppycock: the sound is what matters. It’s “an MRI,” assuming you pronounce it “em ar eye.”
    Does this help?



    uh, by the way – the above comes from the
    Lynch Guide to Grammar and Style at Rutgers University

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