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    A or an?

    Which sentences are correct?

    Question 1
    1. ...an n-mode instability...
    2. ...a n-mode instability...

    Question 2
    1. An Nd:Yag laser...
    2. A Nd:Yag laser...

    Thank you in advance,

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    Re: A or an?

    Question 1
    1. an n-mode instability

    Question 2
    1. an Nd:Yag laser (!How is Nd pronounced?)

    The letters <n,N> are pronounced with a vowel initial.

    Does that help?


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    Thank you! That helped. =)

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    You're welcome, and Welcome. .

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    Re: A or an?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    are pronounced with a vowel initial.
    But what do you say:
    a historical
    an historical

    Some texts use both. To me an historical is old fashioned and haughty because it would be the French way of pronunciation or is it a matter of emphasis?

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    Re: A or an?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    But what do you say:
    a historical
    an historical

    Some texts use both. To me an historical is old fashioned and haughty because it would be the French way of pronunciation or is it a matter of emphasis?
    You may want to start your own thread.

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