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    Default a/an Xmas gift

    Spend $1000 and above to receive a/an Xmas gift from Lanvin.

    Should I use 'a' or 'an'?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Depends on whether you say "a Christmas gift" or "an xmas [ex-mas] gift".

    If this is to be a slogan, then use "an".

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    Default Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Many thanks, Anglika.

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    Default Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Spend $1000 and above to receive a/an Xmas gift from Lanvin.

    Should I use 'a' or 'an'?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Interesting question.
    Here you are.
    If Xmas (informal, a word that means Christmas) is pronounced as ˈeksməs, it takes "an" before that.
    However, if Xmas is pronounced as ˈkrɪsməs (Christmas), the full name of Xmas, then it takes "a" before that.
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    Default Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Many thanks, Albertino.

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    Default Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Interesting question.
    Here you are.
    If Xmas (informal, a word that means Christmas) is pronounced as ˈeksməs, it takes "an" before that.
    However, if Xmas is pronounced as ˈkrɪsməs (Christmas), the full name of Xmas, then it takes "a" before that.
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    Albertino, while 'Xmas' may mean Christmas it is not pronounced as 'Christmas'. It is 'ex-mas'. Therefore, the 'an' must always precede Xmas, as in 'an Xmas gift'.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Default Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Hi Amigos4

    Although Xmas is usually pronounced as ˈkrɪsməs', it can be pronounced as 'ˈeksməs'.

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