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    article before horrible

    why is the article before the word horrible a not an, althoughit has a vowel sound?

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    Re: article before horrible

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    w Why is the article before the word 'horrible' a not an, althoughspaceit has a vowel sound?
    'Horrible' begins with /h/, a consonant sound.

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    Re: article before horrible

    You will hear it pronounced as " 'orrible" and therefore preceded by "an" by people who, as my grandfather used to say, "don't know 'ow to talk proper".

    That's a horrible hat = Correct.
    That's an 'orrible 'at = Incorrect/lazy

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    Re: article before horrible

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Y as my grandfather used to say, "don't know 'ow to talk proper".
    Shouldn't there be an adverb "properly"?

    Or was it way to humorously tell that (as your grandfather used to say) Don't know to talk proper(ly)?

    P.s. I apologize for not starting the sentence with a capital letter(Even after 242 posts ). I always be careful not make any mistakes(Of course, which I can find as mistake) but due carelessness it happens sometimes.
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    Re: article before horrible

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    'Horrible' begins with /h/, a consonant sound.
    Then why is there an before "hundred" not a?

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    #6

    Re: article before horrible

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    Then why is there an before "hundred" not a?
    There isn't. "A hundred" is correct.

    A harmonica. An hour. An honest man. A hotel. An honor.

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    Re: article before horrible

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    There isn't. "A hundred" is correct.

    A harmonica. An hour. An honest man. A hotel. An honor.
    Don't the words hour and honest begin with consonant?

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    Re: article before horrible

    The 'h' is silent in those words. They begin with a vowel sound.

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    Re: article before horrible

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Shouldn't there be an adverb "properly"?

    Or was it way to humorously tell that (as your grandfather used to say) Don't know to talk proper(ly)?
    Yes, my grandfather was being ironic/sarcastic when he said that other people "don't talk proper". Of course it should be that they "don't speak properly".

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    Re: article before horrible

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, my grandfather was being ironic/sarcastic when he said that other people "don't talk proper". Of course it should be that they "don't speak properly".
    Thank god. Your grandfather didn't happen to see my posts.Otherwise, He may have said that people don't write proper"

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