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The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by LordsApostle: 1:53pm On Jun 12
Hello my house,
From basic knowledge, we know "an" is used for words beginning with vowel sounds, like
an aeroplane, an ark, an envelope

However, I often hear people use "an" for words starting with "H" , We know H is a consonant ; so please how correct is this?
I always hear people use the "an" for words starting with "H"
an Hotel, an Handbook etc.

That is suppose to be a grammatical blunder if u ask me, from basic knowledge, but what do I know.

I know we have linguistic experts here... Please, I'll need your input and clarifications on this...

Thank you.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Tolexander: 2:41pm On Jun 12
H factor

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 4:34pm On Jun 12
If the sound that succeeds it, is consonant, use 'a' but if it's a vowel sound, use 'an'.
In simpler words, if 'h' is silent during pronunciation, use 'an' for example
An honour
An heir
An hour
For non-silent 'h', use 'a'.
A horse
A herd
A hospital.

It's an honour to meet with you.
This is a hospital

I think I've heard, "an husband" before. grin

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Tallesty1(m): 4:46pm On Jun 12
I think an is used when "H" is silent.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by okwabayi(m): 7:23pm On Jun 12
encryptjay:
If the sound that precedes it is consonant, use 'a' but if it's a vowel sound, use 'an'.
In simpler words, if 'h' is silent during pronunciation, use 'an' for example
An honour
An heir
An hour
For non-silent 'h', use 'a'.
A horse
A herd
A hospital.

It's an honour to meet with you.
This is a hospital

I think I've heard, "an husband" before. grin
True but the BBC which to my knowledge uses the most updated English grammar always state "an historic event".

I believe English is evolving. The presence of non English, born in the UK speakers (Pakistani, Indian, Chinese and Thai etc) and youth influence in the form of slangs has made some earlier frowned upon practices an everyday occurence.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 7:58pm On Jun 12
okwabayi:

True but the BBC which to my knowledge uses the most updated English grammar always state "an historic event".

I believe English is evolving. The presence of non English, born in the UK speakers (Pakistani, Indian, Chinese and Thai etc) and youth influence in the form of slangs has made some earlier frowned upon practices an everyday occurence.
BBC? Hmmmmm..
The language is always evolving.
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by LordsApostle: 8:50pm On Jun 12
encryptjay:
If the sound that precedes it is consonant, use 'a' but if it's a vowel sound, use 'an'.
In simpler words, if 'h' is silent during pronunciation, use 'an' for example
An honour
An heir
An hour
For non-silent 'h', use 'a'.
A horse
A herd
A hospital.

It's an honour to meet with you.
This is a hospital

I think I've heard, "an husband" before. grin
exactly my point, I hear things like. "an hospital, an Hotel, an handbook... And I'm like WTF, is it that I don't know English no more... What is happening

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 9:13pm On Jun 12
LordsApostle:

exactly my point, I hear things like. "an hospital, an Hotel, an handbook... And I'm like WTF, is it that I don't know English no more... What is happening
As in, you'd think you're really behind

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by okwabayi(m): 10:38pm On Jun 12
LordsApostle:

exactly my point, I hear things like. "an hospital, an Hotel, an handbook... And I'm like WTF, is it that I don't know English no more... What is happening
Those ones are incorrect according to how we were taught. I'm sure they still are because they never use such on BBC. It's the 'an historic moment' wey dey confuse me die.

Back in the day my mother always scolded me for saying 'much better' or 'most sweetest' saying they were taught 'more good' and 'most sweet' instead. You won't believe what regular English usage has shown me regarding those two phrases.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by okwabayi(m): 10:42pm On Jun 12
This also reminds me of when an English man used 'have you ate?'. Hear the argument which ensued when I told him it was 'have you eaten?'. He was adamant in telling me it was correct either way, they were both past tense and it doesn't matter sofar the person spoken to understands what was said.

I guess the powers that be [like I mentioned before] have diluted English to make it easy for anyone to pick up.
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 10:48pm On Jun 12
Lol...there was a time I had the same feeling of being left behind. It was not until I decided to stick with what I know that I know, did I find peace.
I don't care if the entire universe evolves...I refuse to get sucked into that nonsense.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 10:54pm On Jun 12
okwabayi:
This also reminds me of when an English man used 'have you ate?'. Hear the argument which ensued when I told him it was 'have you eaten?'. He was adamant in telling me it was correct either way, they were both past tense and it doesn't matter sofar the person spoken to understands what was said.

I guess the powers that be [like I mentioned before] have diluted English to make it easy for anyone to pick up.

You'd be shocked by the kind of mistakes these English born English speakers make and unintentionally too. I also used to think everything flies when they speak, since they're the originators, but believe me you, they themselves argue incessantly with themselves...visit their English/Grammar learning forums and see for yourself.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 11:01pm On Jun 12
I also don't think "most sweetest" is legit grammar. undecided....even as a slang...??

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rex123(m): 11:02pm On Jun 12
encryptjay:
If the sound that precedes it is consonant, use 'a' but if it's a vowel sound, use 'an'.
In simpler words, if 'h' is silent during pronunciation, use 'an' for example
An honour
An heir
An hour
For non-silent 'h', use 'a'.
A horse
A herd
A hospital.

It's an honour to meet with you.
This is a hospital

I think I've heard, "an husband" before. grin



Actually you are very wrong, so wrong that you are in a deep pit! H is a consonant, H tends to be silent that why people tend to use an instead of a! You use A for H

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by okwabayi(m): 11:24pm On Jun 12
Rocktation:
I also don't think "most sweetest" is legit grammar. undecided....even as a slang...??
Wait until it becomes mainstream.
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by okwabayi(m): 11:26pm On Jun 12
Rex123:




Actually you are very wrong, so wrong that you are in a deep pit! H is a consonant, H tends to be silent that why people tend to use an instead of a! You use A for H
He's right about the silent 'h'. When unsure about an English rule watch British TV.
It was how we were taught, which means it was accurate at the time. It's still used now which means it remains accurate.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 11:29pm On Jun 12
Rex123:




Actually you are very wrong, so wrong that you are in a deep pit! H is a consonant, H tends to be silent that why people tend to use an instead of a! You use A for H

Subtitle please...

You seem to be saying what he already said? undecided
Or you mean House is pronounced as "Ouse" ?
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 11:32pm On Jun 12
Rex123:




Actually you are very wrong, so wrong that you are in a deep pit! H is a consonant, H tends to be silent that why people tend to use an instead of a! You use A for H
I never said H was a vowel. The sounds after the h are vowel sounds as in honour, hour and heir etc
The "an husband" statement was just add-ons to spice up the explanation.
It's not people, it's a rule.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 11:33pm On Jun 12
Rocktation:

Subtitle please...
You seem to be saying what he already said? undecided
He's on some strong stuff grin

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 11:35pm On Jun 12
encryptjay:

He's on some strong stuff grin

I think he means House is being pronounced as "Ouse" . Oh, that sucks..
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 11:36pm On Jun 12
Rocktation:


You'd be shocked by the kind of mistakes these English born English speakers make and unintentionally too. I also used to think everything flies when they speak, since they're the originators, but believe me you, they themselves argue incessantly with themselves...visit their English/Grammar learning forums and see for yourself.
They make mistakes, just that people get carried away 'cos of their accent.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by encryptjay(m): 11:39pm On Jun 12
Rocktation:

I think he means House is being pronounced as "Ouse" . Oh, that sucks..
Hehehe... Or Hausa being pronounced as "Ausa".
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 11:44pm On Jun 12
grin grin grin
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by okwabayi(m): 11:54pm On Jun 12
Rocktation:
grin grin grin
Hey, send some of my topics to the front page. Start with the one I made about Aki and Paw Paw. After that include the one about the two week movie production statement.
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rex123(m): 1:08am On Jun 13
Rocktation:


Subtitle please...

You seem to be saying what he already said? undecided
Or you mean House is pronounced as "Ouse" ?

Do you have comprehension problems? I said H tends to be silent! Not silent! What I said in simple English was that you use a for H!
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by LordsApostle: 4:00am On Jun 13
okwabayi:

Those ones are incorrect according to how we were taught. I'm sure they still are because they never use such on BBC. It's the 'an historic moment' wey dey confuse me die.

Back in the day my mother always scolded me for saying 'much better' or 'most sweetest' saying they were taught 'more good' and 'most sweet' instead. You won't believe what regular English usage has shown me regarding those two phrases.
concerning the bolded, they are both superlatives, so it's actually grammatically incorrect to put superlatives side by side; so for such "more good" becomes a better English... , how ever, much better is correct, but most sweetest, or more better is grammatically incorrect.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by LordsApostle: 4:12am On Jun 13
No, it won't and can't become mainstream
okwabayi:

Wait until it becomes mainstream.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by femi4: 6:00am On Jun 13
LordsApostle:

Hello my house,
From basic knowledge, we know "an" is used for words beginning with vowel sounds, like
an aeroplane, an ark, an envelope

However, I often hear people use "an" for words starting with "H" , We know H is a consonant ; so please how correct is this?
I always hear people use the "an" for words starting with "H"
an Hotel, an Handbook etc.

That is suppose to be a grammatical blunder if u ask me, from basic knowledge, but what do I know.

I know we have linguistic experts here... Please, I'll need your input and clarifications on this...

Thank you.
Its the combination of the Sounds and vowels . The sound of "H" in Hotel is silent hence it starts with "O". So, its "an Hotel" cos hotel is pronounced as Otel

So, where the H is silent, the article becomes "an" e.g an Hour

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 6:15am On Jun 13
Rex123:


Do you have comprehension problems? I said H tends to be silent! Not silent! What I said in simple English was that you use a for H!

Guy, you honestly have a problem. What is so simple in the English nau, that you still cannot use to communicate properly? It is silent, yet it is not silent...then we should use A for Honour too, abi what are you even saying? Abeg, stop trying to spoil my medulla jare. It's English that I speak, not Gibberish.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by Rocktation(f): 6:30am On Jun 13
femi4:
Its the combination of the Sounds and vowels . The sound of "H" in Hotel is "O" hence its "an Hotel" cos hotel is pronounced as Otel

So, where the H is silent, the article becomes "an" e.g an Hour

Nah, it is not.

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Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by femi4: 6:38am On Jun 13
Rocktation:


Nah, it is not.
I mean its silent
Re: The Use Of "An" Before H Sounding Words, Is It Correct? by lilbest4(m): 6:56am On Jun 13
Rex123:




Actually you are very wrong, so wrong that you are in a deep pit! H is a consonant, H tends to be silent that why people tend to use an instead of a! You use A for H
he is 100% right

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