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  1. Concerned lounger
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    "a" vs "an"

    Hello;

    I've been talking with my cousin Sebastian, and one thing that's driving me mad is that he keeps saying (well, writing actually) "an queer". The word itself aside, shouldn't that be "a queer"? Please prove him wrong, this is annoying me so much.

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    Re: "a" vs "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned lounger View Post
    Hello;

    I've been talking with my cousin Sebastian, and one thing that's driving me mad is that he keeps saying (well, writing actually) "an queer". The word itself aside, shouldn't that be "a queer"? Please prove him wrong, this is annoying me so much.
    Helo I'm not a teacher,

    with the indefinite article 'a' and 'an' you put 'a' before consonant sound and 'an' before a vowel sound.

    Have a nice day.


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    Re: "a" vs "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Helo I'm not a teacher,

    with the indefinite article 'a' and 'an' you put 'a' before consonant sound and 'an' before a vowel sound.

    Have a nice day.
    Exactly! And, unless I am mistaken, the word "queer" starts with the "k" consonant sound (or however you call it; pardon my unprofessional terminology), right?

    Oh, and I'm waiting for an answer from a teacher, to convince and assure him of his error.

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    Re: "a" vs "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned lounger View Post
    Exactly! And, unless I am mistaken, the word "queer" starts with the "k" consonant sound (or however you call it; pardon my unprofessional terminology), right?

    Oh, and I'm waiting for an answer from a teacher, to convince and assure him of his error.
    Hello again,

    I'm not a teacher but you are not mistaken it's just your cousin.

    See the example bellow: 'a queer notion of justice' (dictionary.com).

    Have a nice day.


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    Excellent, that quotation does it.

    I also have another question that does not justify making a new thread; another thing he likes to say is "I can insure you I am no [something]". I know that the word he should be using here is "assure", but he claims that "insure" is a correct, less frequently used, alternative. This sounds fishy; is it true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned lounger View Post
    Excellent, that quotation does it.

    I also have another question that does not justify making a new thread; another thing he likes to say is "I can insure you I am no [something]". I know that the word he should be using here is "assure", but he claims that "insure" is a correct, less frequently used, alternative. This sounds fishy; is it true?
    For me the both words 'insure and assure' are what we call in French synonyms and I think it's the same in English.

    But the synonyms do not have exactly the same meaning and the word 'insure' is more used in the insurance, but perhaps I'm wrong.

    Have a nice day.


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    Re: "a" vs "an"

    Bump!

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    Re: "a" vs "an"

    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned lounger View Post
    Excellent, that quotation does it.

    I also have another question that does not justify making a new thread; another thing he likes to say is "I can insure you I am no [something]". I know that the word he should be using here is "assure", but he claims that "insure" is a correct, less frequently used, alternative. This sounds fishy; is it true?
    Unless he is selling you insurance he is wrong, we say; "I can assure you" or "I can give you my assurance" or "I will ensure that the work is done" but not "I (can) ensure you..." or "I (can) insure you..." Except in the case I mentioned previously, that of selling insurance.


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    Re: "a" vs "an"

    Thank you very much.

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