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    Using "a" or "an"

    Greetings,
    I was taught to use "a" before a consonant and "an" before a vowel. My boss thinks otherwise. He claims that if the word or letter makes a vowel sound like "r" as in RN we are to use "an" so, he feels it is proper to say," I am an RN." Is it by sound or letter?
    Thanks in Advance! Ernie
    Last edited by Ernie; 18-Jan-2006 at 11:33.


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    Re: Using "a" or "an"

    According to Martin Hewings we use 'an' before a vowel sound
    an FBI, an hour, an Italian, an heir, an MP
    and an RN


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    Re: Using "a" or "an"

    Being an ex navy man myself I would'nt use an article at all. I would simply say I'm RN. Ahoy mate!

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    Re: Using "a" or "an"

    I agree with Anna- it is the sound that matters:
    An egg/a European
    An MSc

    I'll take Framay's expertise about the use of the article with RN.

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