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"a" or "an"

English translation: an

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English term or phrase:\"a\" or \"an\"
Selected answer:an
Entered by: Charlesp

10:45 Feb 27, 2020
English language (monolingual) [Non-PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / use of a/an
English term or phrase: "a" or "an"
preceding "ABR Simplified contract"

... the parties will prepare a/an ABR Simplified contract...
Charlesp
Sweden
Local time: 00:25
an
Explanation:
"An" goes before all vowels except for certain words beginning with "u"
Selected response from:

Emily Scott
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:25
Grading comment
The "an"s have it!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



SUMMARY OF ALL EXPLANATIONS PROVIDED
5 +12an
Emily Scott
Summary of reference entries provided
fwiw/hth
writeaway
previous question
Yvonne Gallagher

  

Answers


6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +12
\"a\" or \"an\"
an


Explanation:
"An" goes before all vowels except for certain words beginning with "u"

Emily Scott
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:25
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Grading comment
The "an"s have it!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M: Yes, and in the case of acronyms, it also helps to think how it would be pronounced: "an SLR", because we'd pronounce it 'ess'.
1 min
  -> That’s right, I knew there were more rules but I couldn’t think just then, thank you!

agree  Thomas T. Frost: Yes, well, it's the sound that matters, not the letter, so it's 'an hour' but 'a yellow bag'. And then there's the odd case of some people preferring 'an historic event'.
7 mins
  -> Indeed, thank you!

agree  writeaway: a historical may be more common but an historical is hardly "odd"
43 mins

agree  Ella Finn
1 hr

agree  AllegroTrans
2 hrs

agree  Veronica Allievi
2 hrs

agree  Sheila Wilson
2 hrs

agree  Edith Kelly
3 hrs

agree  MARK ROBERTSON
4 hrs

agree  Ali Sharifi
4 hrs

agree  Zahra Ghobadi
10 hrs

agree  Dagmar Rehaneková
1 day 1 hr
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Reference comments


7 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: fwiw/hth

Reference information:
https://www.grammar.com/a-vs-an-when-to-use/

writeaway
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  AllegroTrans: James Joyce wrote of eating "a egg" for his breakfast but he isn't around to contribute to this forum
2 hrs
  -> can you imagine the discussions if he were.......
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1 day 1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: previous question

Reference information:
https://www.proz.com/kudoz/english/education-pedagogy/676390...

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 496

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  AllegroTrans: good example of the need to look (listen) to the actual sound that follows the article
4 hrs
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