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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Orange

    How do you ask for this fruit - is it 'an orange' or 'a orange? I would like a orange (I think is wrong) or I would like an orange.

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    #2
    What is the rule for deciding whether to use "a" or "an"?

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    #3

    Re: Orange

    Quote Originally Posted by woollie21 View Post
    I would like a orange (I think is wrong)
    You're right- a orange is wrong.

    It should be I think this/it is wrong.

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    #4

    Re: Orange

    The original poster claims to be a native English speaker. So, his confusion here is worrisome.

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    #5

    Re: Orange

    The location given appears to be incorrect as well. Please correct the information in your profile woollie.

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    #6

    Re: Orange

    You do hear a + vowel sound used sometimes by some speakers in the UK, though it's definitely not a standard form and would be considered an error.

    PS The location appears to be correct.

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    #7

    Re: Orange

    I am not a teacher.

    Very often, non-standard forms can be attributed to laziness.

    I find it surprising in this case as it seems so much easier to pronounce "an orange" than to say "a orange".

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    #8

    Re: Orange

    It does sound willful when I hear it.

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    #9

    Re: Orange

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Very often, non-standard forms can be attributed to laziness.I find it surprising in this case as it seems so much easier to pronounce "an orange" than to say "a orange".
    I feel the same about the increasingly common glottal stop in place of intervocalic /t/ and, for some speakers, /p/ and /k/. It seems to me that the original plosive requires marginally less micro-effort than the glottal stop, but it may just be that nearly seven decades of using the 'correct' () form makes me imagine it's easier.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Mar-2014 at 19:06.

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