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    A interpreter

    Hello everyone,

    I've just seen a book called "How to Become a Interpreter and Translator". And my question is, why A interpreter and not AN interpreter?

    Thanks!

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    Re: A interpreter

    A mistake, I would guess.

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    #3

    Re: A interpreter

    A mistake like that in the title doesn't inspire confidence in the rest of the book.

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    Re: A interpreter

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    A mistake, I would guess.
    If it's not a mistake, then it's even more worrying.

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    Re: A interpreter

    I am not a teacher.

    Maybe the title was actually, "How to Become a Interpreter and Translator?"

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    #6

    Re: A interpreter

    That is the tile that was suggested. The question mark doesn't fix the bad English; it makes it worse.

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    Re: A interpreter

    I am not a teacher.

    Thanks for the information Mike, but I can read.

    Do I have to use some silly smiley for it to be apparent that I was using irony?

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    #8

    Re: A interpreter

    I didn't understand that you were being ironic either.

    Let's hope the author is a better interpreter than the editor was a proofreader.
    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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    #9

    Re: A interpreter

    Do you think that was clear? Or even important? It confused me. Imagine the OP.

    Or should we assume you never make mistakes?

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    #10

    Re: A interpreter

    Where did you see the book? Did you photograph the cover? Are you absolutely sure you remembered the title correctly? Is it possible that you got the two words the wrong way round and it was in fact "How to Become A Translator and Interpreter"? If it's actually called that, then "a" is correct.

    I have searched Google Books and Amazon for a book called "How to Become a Interpreter and Translator" and I got no hits.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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