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Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Nobody: 11:55pm On Mar 28, 2016
which of these phrases is correct grammatically? "A honest man" or "AN honest man". Those of you wey know the answer and know WHY please help explain to us abeg
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Joskiro50: 12:03am On Mar 29, 2016
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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Nobody: 12:14am On Mar 29, 2016
An honest man.

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by MisterDreamz(m): 12:57am On Mar 29, 2016
An honest man is correct.


The use of a/an is phonetically (means of sound,the first sound) determined and not orthographically(by spelling/writing) determined.
Transcription of Honest starts with ")" the "awe" sound,which is a vowel sound,so "an" is suitable for honest.
#Something I learnt in Oau predegree

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Oluwaseunsodiq(m): 1:17am On Mar 29, 2016
MisterDreamz:
An honest man is correct.


The use of a/an is phonetically (means of sound,the first sound) determined and not orthographically(by spelling/writing) determined.
Transcription of Honest starts with "wink" the "awe" sound,which is a vowel sound,so "an" is suitable for honest.
#Something I learnt in Oau predegree
*slow clap*
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by matrix199(m): 5:12am On Mar 29, 2016
A' is correct. The only 'h' words(n) that proceed 'An' is 'hour', 'hair' and 'heir'. When two or more vowels go side by side, prefixed by 'h' letter, and suffixed by a constant letter, the 'an' article is used. The spoken phrase 'a honest man' actually sounds like 'an honest man', thus quite a lot of people assume the right indefinite article is 'an'. But it's not.

The correct phrase, in my opinion, is 'a honest man

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Very wrong sir! The use of indefinite articles: "a" and "an" is informed by a number of reasons.

1. We use "a" for words which begin with consonants like: a car, a bottle, a pen etc

We also use "a" for vowels which sound like consonant E.g. a university, a union, a European etc


2. We use "an" for words which begin with vowels. E.g an aeroplane, an orange, an egg etc

We also use "an" for consonant words which have the vowel sounds, particularly the silent "h" and we have just 3 words that fall into this category. E.g. an honest man, an hour and an honour. Every other "h" is sounded hence we have uses as: a hospital, a house, a hunter etc.

Swtie, u totally misconstrued my post. I said the 'an' article is used for three 'h' words(n), hour, hair, and heir. Since it's hard transcribing words, it's going to be difficult to transcribe 'h' words without the use of a dictionary, in order to get the actual sound. An easier way is going by a rule. Whenever two or more vowel letters go side by side, prefixed by 'H', and suffixed by 'any consonant', the 'an' article is used. Other 'H' words(n), the 'a' article is used.

A honest man(though wrong pronunciation and sound similarity have made so many assume it's 'an honest man').

A house
A horse
A hose
A hill
A horn
A humor
A honest man( sounds like 'an honest man')
An hour
An heir,
An hair strand
Etc...

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by uhalauju(f): 6:14am On Mar 29, 2016
The correct answer is ... 'An honest man'
Reason...The use of 'an' comes up when d next word after 'an' starts with a vowel. However, the case of the word 'honest' is an exception because phonetically in english,the word honest is pronounced as 'onest'. The H is silent technically making a vowel the it's first letter in terms of pronunciation.
Note: but the H must be there when written.

Another example is 'HEIR', the H is silent when pronounced, and becos d next letter after H is a vowel, the appropriate one to use shld be 'an' dats based on my earlier explanation.

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by GrAnDwEeZ(m): 7:02am On Mar 29, 2016
uhalauju:
The correct answer is ... 'An honest man'
Reason...The use of 'an' comes up when d next word after 'an' starts with a vowel. However, the case of the word 'honest' is an exception because phonetically in english,the word honest is pronounced as 'onest'. The H is silent technically making a vowel the it's first letter in terms of pronunciation.
Note: but the H must be there when written.

Another example is 'HEIR', the H is silent when pronounced, and becos d next letter after H is a vowel, the appropriate one to use shld be 'an' dats based on my earlier explanation.
what about house. A house

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Nobody: 7:12am On Mar 29, 2016
You can deploy any depending on your mood and social milieu.
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by uhalauju(f): 7:44am On Mar 29, 2016
GrAnDwEeZ:
what about house. A house
u r ryt. dats cos d H in house isn't silent wen pronounced. check my earlier analysis.
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Pwhitelaw(m): 8:44am On Mar 29, 2016
uhalauju:

u r ryt. dats cos d H in house isn't silent wen pronounced. check my earlier analysis.
..... What about Hoe... A hoe

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by HARDBOI: 9:00am On Mar 29, 2016
only yoruba people will fail this...yet the claim the are intelligent
even their professors back then in school make same mistake..yet they claim they are intelligent lipsrsealed
AN HONEST MAN IS THE CORRECT ANSWER!

i learnt this in senior primary school days..no jokes

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by VocalWalls: 9:43am On Mar 29, 2016
GrAnDwEeZ:
what about house. A house


The 'H' in house is not silent.

But the 'H' in honest is silent.

So it is 'A house' yet also, 'An honest man'
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Lessonteacher(f): 9:49am On Mar 29, 2016
matrix199:
A' is correct. The only 'h' words(n) that proceed 'An' is 'hour', 'hair' and 'heir'. When two or more vowels go side by side, prefixed by 'h' letter, and suffixed by a constant letter, the 'an' article is used. The spoken phrase 'a honest man' actually sounds like 'an honest', thus quite a lot of people assume the right indefinite article is 'an'. But it's not.

The correct phrase, in my opinion, is 'a honest man'
you r right, "an" sounds fashonable, but "a" is the correct one
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by orogodoganyin(m): 10:34am On Mar 29, 2016
HARDBOI:
only yoruba people will fail this...yet the claim the are intelligent
even their professors back then in school make same mistake..yet they claim they are intelligent lipsrsealed
AN HONEST MAN IS THE CORRECT ANSWER!

i learnt this in senior primary school days..no jokes

not all Yorubas have h-factor.
moreover, h-factor has got nothing to do with intelligence

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Nobody: 10:50am On Mar 29, 2016
I think the debate here is the presence of the "H" what proof do we have that it is silent or not. Those of una wey sabi transcribe oya carry your dictionary and teach us
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by xmileeasy: 11:05am On Mar 29, 2016
The correct option is "An honest man " รต-nist

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by cr7lomo: 11:27am On Mar 29, 2016
I can see Yoruba peeps with them"H" factor, have brought confusion to English

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by HARDBOI: 11:41am On Mar 29, 2016
orogodoganyin:


not all Yorubas have h-factor.
moreover, h-factor has got nothing to do with intelligence

who told u it has nothing to do will intelligence? undecided
if u are intelligent enuff u should know a wrong grammar when u hear one.

besides all yorubas i'v met have H-FACTOR issues... i aint hating
they add H where it is not..
and remove it where it is
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Atlantian: 11:56am On Mar 29, 2016
Both are correct.

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by wasak(m): 12:04pm On Mar 29, 2016
HARDBOI:


who told u it has nothing to do will intelligence? undecided
if u are intelligent enuff u should know a wrong grammar when u hear one.

besides all yorubas i'v met have H-FACTOR issues... i aint hating
they add H where it is not..
and remove it where it is
You are so dumb, I'm Yoruba and I don't have H-factor. Although I cannot pronounce the letter R, no matter how hard I try, but that has nothing to do with my intelligence, because sounds come from within, but in ur daftness, you forgot Yorubas are Yorubas and in Yoruba language there's no letter H, what if the white man cannot pronounce the letter GB as it is in Yoruba, does that make him less intelligent?

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Nobody: 12:08pm On Mar 29, 2016
I use "an" it's sounds complete with the an
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by HARDBOI: 12:14pm On Mar 29, 2016
wasak:

You are so dumb, I'm Yoruba and I don't have H-factor. Although I cannot pronounce the letter R, no matter how hard I try, but that has nothing to do with my intelligence, because sounds come from within, but in ur daftness, you forgot Yorubas are Yorubas and in Yoruba language there's no letter H, what if the white man cannot pronounce the letter GB as it is in Yoruba, does that make him less intelligent?

u are the dumbest foool here..Look at what u sayin. grin grin
so bcoz yorubas dont have 'H' in their language u dont know where to put A or AN? undecided undecided..lmao grin grin
then why did u go school if u cant correct ur wrong...
how to use CONSONANT AND VOWEL sound is first taught in primary school
it means the years u spent in school were waste...MOFO
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by wasak(m): 12:22pm On Mar 29, 2016
HARDBOI:


u are the dumbest foool here..Look at what u sayin. grin grin
so bcoz yorubas dont have 'H' in their language u dont know where to put A or AN? undecided undecided..lmao grin grin
then why did u go school if u cant correct ur wrong...
how to use CONSONANT AND VOWEL sound is first taught in primary school
it means the years u spent in school were waste...MOFO
I won't allow you drag me to ur level. Have a nice day

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Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by HARDBOI: 12:28pm On Mar 29, 2016
wasak:

I won't allow you drag me to ur level. Have a nice day
.

my level?.. how undecided
i was just being plain until u started insulting me..
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Hydriss(m): 2:26pm On Mar 29, 2016
MisterDreamz:
An honest man is correct.


The use of a/an is phonetically (means of sound,the first sound) determined and not orthographically(by spelling/writing) determined.
Transcription of Honest starts with "wink" the "awe" sound,which is a vowel sound,so "an" is suitable for honest.
#Something I learnt in Oau predegree
so you mean "an house" is correct?
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by uhalauju(f): 2:58pm On Mar 29, 2016
GrAnDwEeZ:
what about house. A house

U r ryt my dear friend.
The rule isn't absolute. The simple logic to use is dis: where d pronunciation of H is silent, u use 'an' but where it is not silent, u use 'a'.
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by Nobody: 2:59pm On Mar 29, 2016
Hydriss:
so you mean "an house" is correct?
The "H" in house is not silent so you cant have "an house" like in honest where the h is silent
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by betterABIAstate: 3:05pm On Mar 29, 2016
Its an honest man
Re: Which Is Correct : A Honest Or An Honest Man? by pcicero(m): 4:05pm On Mar 29, 2016
HARDBOI:
only yoruba people will fail this...yet the claim the are intelligent
even their professors back then in school make same mistake..yet they claim they are intelligent lipsrsealed
AN HONEST MAN IS THE CORRECT ANSWER!

i learnt this in senior primary school days..no jokes

Why introduce a tribal slur into this?
It's not a joking matter bro and I have reported your comment.

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