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  1. kens@powersproducts.com
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    a vs. an

    Which is correct-
    It was an historic event.
    It was a historic event.

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    Re: a vs. an

    It was an historic event.

    Quote Originally Posted by kens@powersproducts.com
    Which is correct-
    It was an historic event.
    It was a historic event.
    but we say a hospital.

    We say an hotel even though some people write a hotel. In this case the possible reason is from the French word l'hotel with the little house (^) above the 'o'. The 'h' was 'silent' and remained so in the English use of the word hotel.

    There are quite a few examples, for example we say a unicorn, a hospital, etc.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Sid
    P.S. I'm sure the experts here can explain this much better than I have done.

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    Re: a vs. an

    They're both correct. People tend to use 'an historic' to sound more formal, though most aspirate the 'h' nowadays. I say 'a' because I see no need to use 'an' with an aspirated 'h'. If you watch the news, you'll hear it used because people think it sounds grander, I suppose. It's a grey area- choose whichever sounds or feels better to you.

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