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    Quick help, please

    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.


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    Re: Quick help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Ceit View Post
    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.


    Thanks.
    JAMES knocks on the door of an hotel room and waits for it to be opened. He swallows hard when Iris finally opens it.

    buggles(not a teacher)

    P.S. I was told that these phrases have mistakes, but I can't see them. Can you help, please?

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    Re: Quick help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    JAMES knocks on the door of an hotel room and waits for it to be opened. He swallows hard when Iris finally opens it.

    buggles(not a teacher)

    P.S. I was told that these phrases have mistakes, but I can't see them. Can you help, please?
    Just some minor tweaking:

    - 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.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing. Also, I know everything.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Just one little tweak: I don't know much about standard British English, but in standard American English, it would be "a hotel."
    Trust me - in UK English it is most definitely (if illogically) an hotel.

    Similarly, it's an honour, too.

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    Thank you so much for your suggestions.

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    Re: Quick help, please

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Trust me - in UK English it is most definitely (if illogically) an hotel.

    Similarly, it's an honour, too.
    Here, it's an honor that, unfortunately, doesn't include u!

    And we have one that swings both ways: a historic/an historic. (But it's always a history. Sometimes I really do want to give up and learn accounting....)

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    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.

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    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".
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Trust me - in UK English it is most definitely (if illogically) an hotel.

    Similarly, it's an honour, too.
    Honour is not to be put in the same basket with hotel.
    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.

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