This question already has an answer here:

I'm lost on whether I should use "a" or "an" in the part of the sentence: "an (among other things) schizophrenic". How does the part in the brackets affect the rest here?

marked as duplicate by sumelic, user140086, BiscuitBoy, Brian Hooper, ab2 Feb 9 '16 at 1:12

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • 2
    "(among other things) a schizophrenic" – Hot Licks Feb 5 '16 at 13:38

Back in high school one helpful tip a teacher gave to me was if the following word starts with a vowel use 'an', otherwise use 'a'.

"He is a soldier, while she is an athlete."

The parenthesis act like commas, in which a subordinate clause is enclosed between them. You could phrase it that way but most people are used to something like:

"He is, among other things, a schizophrenic."

Both work similarly, in which if you remove the subordinate clause the sentence still makes sense:

"He is a schizophrenic."

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.