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    An "I do believe"

    In another thread, I said, '...but I did furnish it [my statement] with an "I do believe".'

    The "an" in this sentence bothers me. I think it's technically correct, but it doesn't sound like it is. I think it might be the fact that I'm using "an" before a pause that makes the construction sound strange.

    Does it sound strange to you? And if so, am I right about the reason?

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    It's fine. It would be equally fine without it. For info, when I read your sentence aloud, I don't pause after "an" and before "I do believe". If I said it to another native speaker, I think it would be pretty clear what I meant although I might use "air quotes".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Thank God, you're Polish! Now I'm totally convinced placing "a" in front of "furniture" is a stretch! No hard feelings, buddy! Just kidding!

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Thanks. For some reason it didn't work for me with "an", but I felt it did work perfectly well with "a". (For quotes starting with consonants that is.)

    Without a pause it sounds fine to me though. I just felt I needed a pause to introduce the quote because of the number of words in it.

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Thanks. For some reason it didn't work for me with "an", but I felt it did work perfectly well with "a". (For quotes starting with consonants that is.)

    Without a pause it sounds fine to me though. I just felt I needed a pause to introduce the quote because of the number of words in it.
    It doesn't work at all with "a" (for me). Regardless of how much of a gap there is between the words, the "a/an" rule still applies!
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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It doesn't work at all with "a" (for me). Regardless of how much of a gap there is between the words, the "a/an" rule still applies!
    Oh, of course "a" doesn't work with this quotation. I meant that I didn't have this problem when I thought of quotations starting with consonants.

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Thank God, you're Polish! Now I'm totally convinced placing "a" in front of "furniture" is a stretch! No hard feelings, buddy! Just kidding!
    I must say I've scratched my head for a couple of minutes over this, but I haven't scratched out an interpretation. No hard feelings -- sure. I just genuinely don't understand what you mean.

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    I mean that only a Polish or a Russian will put "a" in front of "furniture". If that somehow makes you upset, then NO HARD FEELINGS! Capisce?

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I mean that only a Polish or a Russian will put "a" in front of "furniture". If that somehow makes you upset, then NO HARD FEELINGS! Capisce?
    Thank you for explaining that. As I said, no hard feelings on my part. It didn't upset me; I just couldn't understand what you meant.

    Just to make sure everything is clear: that sentence was written by a native speaker.

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    Re: An "I do believe"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I mean that only a Polish or a Russian will put "a" in front of "furniture". If that somehow makes you upset, then NO HARD FEELINGS! Capisce?
    I'm not sure that you've entirely got the hang of using "No hard feelings". It's usually said after something has happened which you know made another person angry or upset or which made you angry or upset. It's almost a hopeful question! We don't generally use it in advance to indicate that we want the person not to be upset or offended by what we just said or what we're about to say.
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