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    Vowel

    Which is correct please 'an hotel' or a hotel'

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    Re: Vowel

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which is correct please 'an hotel' or a hotel'
    "A hotel" is correct. The initial "h" sound is a consonant sound.

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    You will see 'an hotel' used in some older British texts- in the past, some speakers did not pronounce the 'h', but that would be very rare now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You will see 'an hotel' used in some older British texts- in the past, some speakers did not pronounce the 'h', but that would be very rare now.
    Good point. Was that dialectal difference or was it standard pronunciation in the day? How about historical?

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    I don't think it's dialectal.

    A long time ago, at school, they told me to say "an hotel" instead of "a hotel".

    I did that ever since

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miner49'er View Post
    I don't think it's dialectal.

    A long time ago, at school, they told me to say "an hotel" instead of "a hotel".

    I did that ever since
    Did you pronounce the "h" in hotel?

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    Originally, people, mostly of the higher classes, dropped the 'h' on words of French origin, I believe.

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    Did you pronounce the "h" in hotel?
    In Flemish we do now,... not so sure if we did it 50 years ago....a lot of people probably not.

    As Tdol says, there was a lot of French influence in these days and in French the "h" is not pronounced.

    people, mostly of the higher classes,
    Hehe,... I didn't belong to that class

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    If your name stood for Mine49owner, you could.

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    No, no, my parents were working class, my dad was a locomotive engine driver.

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