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I was told that this phrases have misstakes, but I can't see them, can you help, please?
JAMES knocks the door of an hotel room and waits for it to be open. Swallows hard when Iris finally opens it.
- I don't know much about standard British English, but in standard American English, it would be "a hotel."
- Also, James wouldn't be capitalized unless this were a script. Then Iris would be capitalized, too.
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Thank you so much for your suggestions.
I'm in the "an" historic group. I've heard that if it's the second syllable that gets the stress, you can "an" but with "history" the accent is on the first, so it's always "a."
I dunno - maybe it's just regional.
it's not the stress, the sound of the word that starts with the letter H is the reason why "an or a" are used. for example if the word is HISTORIC, it begins with a consonant sound unlike the word HONOR that the sound begins with a vowel "O".
I WAS A ESL TEACHER ONCE BACK IN PERU
Yes, but I say "an istoric" but "a history" so why do I (and millions of other people) drop the H-sound in "historic" but not in "history." And it's been suggested that it's when the stress is on the second syllable that we drop that H.
If you pronounce hotel with a sounded H, then it definitely isn't an hotel. Giving that most people do, it's the right way of putting it; pronouncing 'otel is now regarded as distinctly old-fashioned.
BrE/AmE differences have nothing to do with this.