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    Dear Sir,

    I would like to know whether the below sentence is correct grammatically correct.

    All staff are required to apply for an -day compulsory leave on 2nd February 2011 for Chinese New Year Eve

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    Whether you say "half-day" or "one-half day" it's a consonant sound, so don't use "an," use "a."

    Why do that have to APPLY for it, if they are required to take it?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    If such a consonant should use " a " why do we say " an " hour instead
    of " a " hour?

    I was taught that we should use " an " when a word rhyme with letters start with A E I O U, in this case half has a similar sound like arf .

    Please enlighten me.

    Thank you.

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    In 'half' the letter h is pronounced /h/.
    In 'hour, the letter h is not pronounced, so the word begins with a vowel sound.
    You were taught, or you learnt, something that is not correct. We use 'an' when the following word begins with a vowel sound.

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    In BrE, does half rhyme with "calf" or with "arf" as this post implies?

    I can imagine some American trying to fake a Cockney accent saying something like "arf a minnit there, gov" but none of the British folks I've known have ever thrown an R sounds in there.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In BrE, does half rhyme with "calf" or with "arf" as this post implies?

    I can imagine some American trying to fake a Cockney accent saying something like "arf a minnit there, gov" but none of the British folks I've known have ever thrown an R sounds in there.
    calf(/kɑːf/) rhymes with 'arf (/ɑːf/) in Br E - assuming we say 'arf .

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    But do you? (say 'arf)?
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    But do you? (say 'arf)?
    If that is a question to me, the anwer is, "almost certainly no."

    However, I probably come close to it in normal conversation in an utterance such as, "I'd like half a pint."

    In transcribing dialects considered (by the writer) to be substandard, half may be rendered as 'arf, laugh as larf. This does not mean that /r/ is actually pronounced (though it may be in some dialects). It is simply a convention.

    A similar convention is that if he says is transcribed as 'e sez, the speaker is presented as uneducated - despite the fact that many educated speakers produce he says as 'e sez in conversation.

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    That's one letter that is commonly dropped in Cockney so 'arf would be fine.


    BTW Cow and calf is rhyming slang for half

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    BTW Cow and calf is rhyming slang for half
    Would you Adam and Eve it!

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