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Why we say “an historical” but “a history” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter h? Why do we say an historical but a history? This question was ...
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Should “an” be used before words beginning with “h”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A historic…” or “An historic…”? Should an be used before words beginning with 'h'? What about when the 'h' is silent and is followed by ...
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is article “an” before the noun “hour” acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter h? I have seen many authors uses "an" before "hour" like "an hour" some times. Please consider ...
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Using “An” and “A” in a sentence [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand this simple concept. As far as I understood it, back to the days when I was a student, "an" should be used only before vowel words, that is, only before the following words: "...
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2answers
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A/an hypothesis? [duplicate]

Is it a or an hypothesis? I am not a native speaker (and not very language talented) so I would appreciate any explanation/rules.
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An 'h' or a 'h' when just saying the letter? [duplicate]

I know for words starting with the letter 'h' the usage of "A" vs. "An" depends on how its pronounced. A - Before a word start­ing with a pro­nounced, breathy “h,” use “a.” Examples: A hotel; A ...
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“An hilarious” vs. “a hilarious” [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? This is in the context of buying a surprise gift for someone and you think your gift is hilarious. I bought myself a hilarious one! or I bought myself an hilarious ...
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1answer
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A/An question: 'a humanitarian' or 'an humanitarian'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter h? What's the proper wording here, neither one sounds right to me: "...
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Is it “a hour-long drive” or “an hour-long drive”? [duplicate]

In the following context, which usage is correct, or are both of them OK? After a hour-long drive, they arrived at Chinatown. After an hour-long drive, they arrived at Chinatown. Your help is ...
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Pronunciation difference in The and A [duplicate]

When should 'the' be pronounced 'thuh' and when 'thee'? I heard that 'the' should be used as 'thee' before vowels and in some particular cases. All other cases should employ 'thuh'. What are the '...
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“A heroic” or “An heroic”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A historic…” or “An historic…”? I have heard and read this combination both ways: It was a heroic act. It was an heroic act. ...
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Usage of “an” before nouns beginning with an “h” where that “h” is not silent [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A historic…” or “An historic…”? Such as an heinous crime an hideous monstrosity an hallucination This always looks wrong to me. I ...
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“A” or “an” with words beginning with the letter H [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A historic…” or “An historic…”? I am wondering when it's correct to use a/an with words beginning with the letter h. For example: an ...
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1answer
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Is it 'an' humiliating, or 'a' humiliating defeat? [duplicate]

I was looking at the papers and saw 'The Government suffered a humiliating defeat.' It just felt wrong and I seem to recall it should be 'an' humiliating defeat, although I'm not certain. I had a ...
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“An historian” or “a historian” [duplicate]

Which one should I use for this statement An historian can change the past or A historian can change the past ?

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