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    #1

    Exclamation an hour?

    Dear teachers,

    How would I sound if I used an article 'the' instead of 'an' in the sentence?

    I was about ... hour late.

    Thank you.


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    Smile Re: an hour?

    well no offense but you'll sound ridiculous.
    the is a definite article and an is indefinite article...and both are used in accordance with the situation.
    i was about an hour late is correct usage because i 'm not specifying the hour but just specifying the margin of tim,e by which i was late. about an hour late means.....could be 55 min. or 1 hr 5 min late(which is not specified)
    so we use indefinte article

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Dear teachers,

    How would I sound if I used an article 'the' instead of 'an' in the sentence?

    I was about ... hour late.

    Thank you.

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