Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: a/an Xmas gift

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    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.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,448
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    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".

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Many thanks, Anglika.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: May 2007
    • Posts: 845
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    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.
    Got it? (Not a teacher)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Many thanks, Albertino.

  1. Amigos4's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 36,261
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    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.
    Got it? (Not a teacher)
    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

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: a/an Xmas gift

    Hi Amigos4

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

Similar Threads

  1. gift cards/certificates
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 13-Mar-2010, 10:32
  2. [Grammar] What is the gift?
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 27-Sep-2008, 17:23
  3. Plastic gift cards can easily fit in a wallet.
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2007, 02:08
  4. Take the cake and consider it a gift for luck.
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-Dec-2007, 01:10
  5. Thank you for the gift from before --?
    By Anglearning in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Nov-2007, 16:23

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •