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    #1

    "an English and Spanish teacher"

    Hello,

    My colleague just told me that it's incorrect to say >

    "I am an English and Spanish teacher."

    He said it's correct to say >

    "I am a English and Spanish teacher."

    He said that I have to use 'a' because of the word 'Spanish'.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

    SC

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    #2

    Re: "an English and Spanish teacher"

    The only idea I have is one you're going to like: You are right and your friend is wrong. The articles a and an must agree with the initial sound of the word that immediately follows it. A goes with Spanish and an goes with English.

    I am a Spanish and English teacher.

    I am an English and Spanish teacher.

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