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    a/an historic event
    The word historic takes the indefinite article a/an depending upon its pronunciation. I personally use a historic because I believe an historic:
    1. Is old fashioned and might sound a bit haughty because it reflects the French pronunciation.
    2. But maybe there are other reasons such as emphasis or smoother pronunciation of the word in text. Ideas are welcome
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    Default Re: a/an historic event

    I have actually never once encountered "an historic" in any context. This is news to me, but I'd still go for "a historic". Flows better.

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    Default Re: a/an historic event

    Yes Casiopea I already mentioned phonetic and stress reasons or do you mean dialectal differences? Which one do you personally prefer? generally speaking an historic would violate the English system now because it is old fashioned. Shall we call it outdated?
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    Default Re: a/an historic event

    I like the old-fashioned an 'istoric, but an historic drives me to distraction.

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    Default Re: a/an historic event

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I like the old-fashioned an 'istoric, but an historic drives me to distraction.
    This is a straight forward answer Richard.

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