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"An" before a "H" word.

#1  Postby Animavore » Sep 04, 2011 7:28 am

I just recently noticed recently a lot of people don't put an 'an' before 'h' words where the 'h' is silent ('an hour' 'an heir' compared to 'a hollow' 'a hero'). Is this not practised every where?

EDIT: Some may have noticed I said "a 'h'" and not "an 'h'". In Hiberno-English we pronounce it 'haitch' not 'aitch'.
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#2  Postby katja z » Sep 04, 2011 7:52 am

The rule is as you described it, I'm not aware of any differences on this level between the different varieties of English. It's just that not everyone follows the rules. ;)
ETA I suppose sometimes this might also reflect differences in pronunciation.
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Re: "An" before a "H" word.

#3  Postby Animavore » Sep 04, 2011 7:55 am

By the way, do English people say 'an horror' ' an hero' etc... seeing as you never pronounce your haitchs anyway? :lay:
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#4  Postby ughaibu » Sep 04, 2011 8:00 am

An whosit.
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#5  Postby natselrox » Sep 04, 2011 8:00 am

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#6  Postby redwhine » Sep 04, 2011 8:07 am

Noooooooooo! Not another Andrew4Handel thread! Pleeeze.
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#7  Postby katja z » Sep 04, 2011 8:09 am

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#8  Postby Animavore » Sep 04, 2011 8:10 am

Who is this 'Handel' that Andrew is for anyway?
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#9  Postby Varangian » Sep 04, 2011 8:36 am

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#10  Postby redwhine » Sep 04, 2011 10:03 am

Animavore wrote:Who is this 'Handel' that Andrew is for anyway?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel

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#11  Postby Scar » Sep 04, 2011 10:21 am

Animavore wrote:Who is this 'Handel' that Andrew is for anyway?


Andrew doesn't think that's the kind of information 4 you to handle.
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#12  Postby The_Piper » Sep 04, 2011 11:34 am

I say "a historic" because the H is not silent in the US. Other than that, it seems about the same. My French-speaking mother also says "the letter haitch". :lol:
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#13  Postby mraltair » Sep 04, 2011 12:06 pm

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Re: "An" before a "H" word.

#14  Postby Blip » Sep 04, 2011 4:34 pm

Animavore wrote:I just recently noticed recently a lot of people don't put an 'an' before 'h' words where the 'h' is silent ('an hour' 'an heir' compared to 'a hollow' 'a hero'). Is this not practised every where?


Count me in: that's the rule I follow. That is, 'an' if the 'h' is silent.

I have noticed people saying 'an hotel', which I find odd. But then, I see 'of' replacing 'have' from time to time (as in, 'he might of dropped an aitch'). Repetition don't make it right ;-)
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#15  Postby thaesofereode » Sep 04, 2011 5:09 pm

While we're on the subject of "h" words, I'm noticing with increasing frequency the phrase "might of," when people actually mean to say "might have" -- as in, "I might have left the door open." Is this also a result of unpronounced letters "h" in common usage?
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#16  Postby The_Piper » Sep 04, 2011 5:19 pm

thaesofereode wrote:While we're on the subject of "h" words, I'm noticing with increasing frequency the phrase "might of," when people actually mean to say "might have" -- as in, "I might have left the door open." Is this also a result of unpronounced letters "h" in common usage?

:lol: :lol: That one's grammatically wrong. They are spelling out "might've, could've, etc" the way it sounds.
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#17  Postby thaesofereode » Sep 04, 2011 5:36 pm

The_Piper wrote:
thaesofereode wrote:While we're on the subject of "h" words, I'm noticing with increasing frequency the phrase "might of," when people actually mean to say "might have" -- as in, "I might have left the door open." Is this also a result of unpronounced letters "h" in common usage?

:lol: :lol: That one's grammatically wrong. They are spelling out "might've, could've, etc" the way it sounds.
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Yah. It's a bit more of a grammatical thing. But the use of "a" or "an" before an "h" word is a grammatical question, too, yes? And these questions have to do with pronunciation having an effect on how they're written out.

In any case, banish the thought — or even the slightest whiff — of my being a "grammar nazi." I've been roundly and thoroughly criticized (or "criticised" for our esteemed UK denizens) for bringing up points of grammar on this forum, so I've sworn it off . . . at least for now.
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Re: "An" before a "H" word.

#18  Postby The_Piper » Sep 04, 2011 6:05 pm

thaesofereode wrote:
The_Piper wrote:
thaesofereode wrote:While we're on the subject of "h" words, I'm noticing with increasing frequency the phrase "might of," when people actually mean to say "might have" -- as in, "I might have left the door open." Is this also a result of unpronounced letters "h" in common usage?

:lol: :lol: That one's grammatically wrong. They are spelling out "might've, could've, etc" the way it sounds.
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Yah. It's a bit more of a grammatical thing. But the use of "a" or "an" before an "h" word is a grammatical question, too, yes? And these questions have to do with pronunciation having an effect on how they're written out.

In any case, banish the thought — or even the slightest whiff — of my being a "grammar nazi." I've been roundly and thoroughly criticized (or "criticised" for our esteemed UK denizens) for bringing up points of grammar on this forum, so I've sworn it off . . . at least for now.

The use of "a" or "an" before an "h" word is a grammatical question too, don't mind me. I was thinking of when I hear "an historic" spoken, it sounds off to me, while I don't detect "might of" in a conversation. Or your for you're. :lay:
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#19  Postby Varangian » Sep 04, 2011 6:05 pm

thaesofereode wrote:
The_Piper wrote:
thaesofereode wrote:While we're on the subject of "h" words, I'm noticing with increasing frequency the phrase "might of," when people actually mean to say "might have" -- as in, "I might have left the door open." Is this also a result of unpronounced letters "h" in common usage?

:lol: :lol: That one's grammatically wrong. They are spelling out "might've, could've, etc" the way it sounds.
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Yah. It's a bit more of a grammatical thing. But the use of "a" or "an" before an "h" word is a grammatical question, too, yes? And these questions have to do with pronunciation having an effect on how they're written out.

In any case, banish the thought — or even the slightest whiff — of my being a "grammar nazi." I've been roundly and thoroughly criticized (or "criticised" for our esteemed UK denizens) for bringing up points of grammar on this forum, so I've sworn it off . . . at least for now.

...but not without subtly correcting The_Piper's spelling of "grammar". ;)
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Re: "An" before a "H" word.

#20  Postby The_Piper » Sep 04, 2011 6:10 pm

I know how to spell grammar, but I did that by accident. I caught it after I posted but thought it belongs there. :lol:

I'm still used to calling myself a "grammer nazi" after correcting someone, so they know I'm messing around and not seriously upset about spelling. :shifty:
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