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Ok sorry, but is driving me insane.
The difference between "a" and "an"
If the following word starts with a consonant, you use "a".
The N in "an" is only added because of phonetical reasons when the next word starts with a vowel or, very rarely, a silent H.

So it is "a pokemon" not "an pokemon"
It is "a beta" but "an early beta" and in turn "a very early beta".

When unsure, you have to speak the words out loud. Is the first sound following the article "a" a consonant? Then there is no N. Is the first sound a vowel? Then you add the N.

So to sum up, its only "an" if the following word starts with an A,E,U,I,O and on very few occasions an H. But usually the H at the start of words actually does have a sound and therefor usually it is "a" without the N for words starting with H. For example "When she was young, Jessie wanted to become a nurse at a hospital for pokemon"



Sorry, I had to get that out of my system and you did say we should comment on these things :)
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There are a few exceptions :)

Gorth is an XCOM Operative? Fighting a unification war?

Favourite pet peeves... people who mutilates English by thinking that site/sight, through/threw, horde/hoard etc. are interchangeable :p

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True, got carried away with vowels and added U to the list even though U is a case by case thing. I guess if it has the latin root such as uniform or uranium etc then its "a". When it doesn't then its "an" urgency, "an" ulterior motive etc.

With abreviations its wierd, but it isn't the sound of the letter but the word that is the name of the letter that is actually pronounced. So what you are actually saying is Gorth is an excom Operative ;)
What I find confusing is things like "an EU council meeting" if using the abreviation, but "a European Union council meeting: if you don't use it.

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English teachers need to live too :)

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Then I don't know if I should be astonished or jealous of it xD''' You are an anomaly, at least I think so xD Nintendo made sure that Pokemon were everywhere, they even added them as a toy to Lay's xD'''


The South Park episode was pretty good though.

Edited by Serrano, 28 December 2012 - 06:11 AM.


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Woah, it's a shame my internet went down pretty much 2 minutes after I had wrote my post :x

And thanks a lot for the grammar lesson, you are like 5x better then the teachers I have in college xD

And I know it's a little selfish, but would you mind sharing the blog a bit? A would like some more views (which translates to more comments and feedback) Anything would be great : )

Edited by Jasiek, 30 December 2012 - 09:45 AM.






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