That's a tricky one and similarly problematic as whether it's a or an hotel. Simply, it is usual / common to use 'an' where the 'h' is not pronounced and where the first sound is a vowel - hence it would be an honour, like we would say an ant or an orange. Over time pronunciation changes and in the past historic was commonly pronounced as 'istoric' and hotel as 'otel . . . hence the common use of 'an'.a historic, surely?
Yup. The 'h' is only dropped in certain phonetic contexts. For example, if you say 'car' in many English accents there is no 'r', but if you say 'car in the garage' there is now an 'r' inserted between the words 'car in' to avoid the vocalic sequence across the word boundary. In some American or Scottish or West Country (rhotic) accents there is 'r' in the word, and obviously it is still present across the word boundary 'car in'.I put it to you that, when spoken, the h in historic should not be silent in any accent - not least my Scottish one. Freedom!
When written, it's a helicopter, a horse, a hotel, a historic, etc...
Sure, it's 'an honour', as the h in honour is silent. But the h in hotel and historic is not silent, or at least it's not supposed to be silent. I would never say 'an historic' or 'an hotel', for the same reason I would never say 'an horse, an horse, my kingdom for an horse' - because I'm pronouncing the h at the start of the word.it is usual / common to use 'an' where the 'h' is not pronounced and where the first sound is a vowel - hence it would be an honour...
An orange is an interesting one, as it was originally a norange. Spanish - orange = naranja, etc. Over time, the n migrated from the norange to the indefinite article. That's a 'thing' and has a word for it, if I could remember what it was... mg:... like we would say an ant or an orange...
Aye, ye picked the wrrrrong perrrson to put that example to. My guid Scottish carrrr always has loads of rs in it!For example, if you say 'car' in many English accents there is no 'r'.
I think its the march of the Tenkara army, coming over 'ere, teaching us traditional far eastern techniques and funny words....Froating rine and dry fry onry!
To quote from one of the best songs ever written:"a egg"
Maybe if Jeremy Corbyn gets in, he will nationalise the rivers?What a waste of a natural resource.
To quote from one of the best songs ever written:
Now Ernie had a rival, a evil-looking man,
Called Two-Ton Ted from Teddington and he drove the baker's van.
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And he didn't half kick his 'orse!!!!
Quite correct. I'm over 60, voted Brexit, and don't give a flying **** about the Test or the new owners of the Kingfisher lodge and fishings.Thank you for your responses ladies and gentlemen. It looks like the majority of you are not particularly bothered about a section of the Test being (mockingly imo) renamed in this way. Unfortunately, some of you have missed the point entirely, and others are apparently more interested in grammar than the erosion of English tradition. I would hazard a guess at the age group of this forum (mostly 60+?) would mean that most contributors would have voted for Brexit, with the main objective of returning this country to what it should be. Therefore, please don't be complacent about such threats (non-European) coming our way. The main threat is the wave of Chinese wealth (gained from illegally plagiarising western ip, low paid sweat shop labour and a totally cynical, authoritarian and illegitimate political system). Their ill gotten gains are now being freely spent on buying up everything British. It's all going to end in tears! I have written to Simon Cooper to ask him for contact details of the new owner(s) to whom I shall make representations. That's my spleen safely vented so Happy New Year to all, or probably better said as 'Kung Hei Fat Choy'.