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    Using the article 'an'

    Hi teachers of the world!!

    My son got homework whereby he had to come up with ten words (nouns) that begin with a consonant but use the article 'an'. We could only think of an hour, honor, honesty, heir, herb, x-ray.

    Could you please comment on the above words and please suggest more.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Using the article 'an'

    One of the uses of the "an" is to help us pronouce the noun easier.

    "An apple" is easier to say than "a apple."

    Start at the beginning of the alphabet and use words with an "an" or an "a" and see how they sound.


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    Re: Using the article 'an'

    Welcome to the forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by rnzee View Post
    Hi teachers of the world!!

    My son got homework whereby he had to come up with ten words (nouns) that begin with a consonant but use the article 'an'. We could only think of an hour, honor, honesty, heir, herb, x-ray.

    Could you please comment on the above words and please suggest more.

    Thank you.
    They are all good ones - and here are another four:

    hotel
    history
    hundred
    hypothesis

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    Re: Using the article 'an'

    NB: History and hundred don't use 'an'.

    Hotel is ambiguous; some people say 'an hotel '(with an unpronounced 'h') and some say 'a hotel' - I think I prefer the latter.


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    Re: Using the article 'an'

    Check them out - they can be found with "an" as article - though it is now, as with hotel, becoming archaic.

    I will be very interested in the questioner's final list of ten.

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