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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    An

    Hi.
    Why is the indefinite article 'an' used in place of 'a' in:


    "Authorities in a rural area of Northern California have launched a sweeping manhunt for an intruder who fatally stabbed an 9-year-old girl Saturday."


    ?Thanks in advance!

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: An

    It's a mistake. Perhaps an earlier version had a word that started with a vowel sound and that's since been deleted.
    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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    #3

    Re: An

    '... an 8-year-old girl ...' would be fine - the word eight begins with a vowel sound.

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