A and an

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A and an function as indefinite forms of the grammatical article in the English language. They are completely interchangable and if you disagree you are an idiot who is EDUCATED STUPID and should become a hero.

Proscriptive Usage Examples

This is what you were taught in grammar school:


Use A before words that don't begin with an vowel.

  • A STD.
  • A hour.
  • A honor


Always use An before words that start with an vowel.

Silent H

A silent h is often silent, so you can skip it and look to the next letter.
If uncertain, simply use Cockney slang to silence the h.

See Also

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