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Matt Bennett <TakeThisOuTmjbspam_OUTspamEraseMEHAZMAT.COM> wrote:

>"Alexandre Domingos F. Souza" wrote:

>> in a 8052 (another good question: In english, when you use the "a"
>>before a number as it were consonant, or "an" as if it were a vowel?)

>Oh, and about the a/an thing- it all depends on what the initial *sound*
>is- if it is a vowel sound like 8502- 'an' is more proper, but a
>consonant *sound* like 7400 would take an 'a'.

Yes, the fact that the word following the article is a number has no
bearing. As in Matt's example, 8/eight takes 'an', and 7/seven takes 'a'.
Where it gets less clear is in American vs. British English, and leading
'H' may get dropped. In American, we would usually say "a hat", rather
than "an 'at"!

Dave Bell

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