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  1. hassiba
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    silent h

    Hi
    How do we differenciate between silent h and the other one and how to use the articles "a "and "an" before h?
    thanks for the reply

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    Smile Re: silent h

    We say:

    an hour
    an honor

    a hotel
    a hospital

    we use "a" before a consonant sound, and "an" before a vowel sound, and I think we can not choose when it will be silent or not, just learn from the ones who already speak the language.


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    Re: silent h

    Quote Originally Posted by hassiba View Post
    Hi
    How do we differenciate between silent h and the other one and how to use the articles "a "and "an" before h?
    thanks for the reply
    There are only four silent h's in English. One is the h in honour, another the h in heir and the other two I can't remember offhand. (I see marciobarbalho has given the third one: hour)
    When the h is silent, the indefinite article is an: I consider it an honour to find myself seated next to you.

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    Smile Re: silent h

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    There are only four silent h's in English. One is the h in honour, another the h in heir and the other two I can't remember offhand. (I see marciobarbalho has given the third one: hour)
    When the h is silent, the indefinite article is an: I consider it an honour to find myself seated next to you.
    hour, honest, honor, heir, herb

    I couldn't find more than 5. Of course there are much more words which have a silent h, however it does not go in the beginning of the words.

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    Re: silent h

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    hour, honest, honor, heir, herb

    I couldn't find more than 5. Of course there are much more words which have a silent h, however it does not go in the beginning of the words.
    Of course, there are the variations:
    hourly, honesty, honorable, heirloom, herbal, etc.

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    Re: silent h

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    hour, honest, honor, heir, herb

    I couldn't find more than 5. Of course there are much more words which have a silent h, however it does not go in the beginning of the words.
    "Herb" only works in some Englishes. There's no /h/ in Am E, but there is in Br E.

    There are also old(-ish) spellings and pronunciations to consider. There are still (in the UK at least) people who say 'an hotel' (with or without the /h/) and 'an historian'. This is not a regional dialect - it's a convention of RBP (when it was called 'the King's English' rather than the Queen's; the same people would probably pronounce 'golf' without the /l/.

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