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Paul R. Coen 09-16-2005 04:18 PM

"A" vs. "an"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jennifer A. Heise
Hm.. What IS the rule on initialisms and a vs. an ?


I usually opt for whatever works phonetically -- which (I believe) is the Chicago Manual of Style recommendation. Generally, it's whether or not the pronounced initial letter in the abbreviation begins with a vowel sound. "L" prounced as the letter has an "ell" sound, so it's "an". "K" is clearly pronounced without a leading vowel, so it would be "a KPMG employee".

09-16-2005 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jennifer A. Heise
Hm.. What IS the rule on initialisms and a vs. an ?


well, TECHNICALLY the use of "an" is based on pronunciation, not spelling. even though the word "LJ" might start with a consonant, the actual phoneme starts with a mid front vowel. therefore, as written language is secondary to spoken language, and "an" always preceedes vowels, "a LJ" would indeed be incorrect by the standard grammar of english :)

*the cunning linguist strikes again*

Maureen Tauriello 04-06-2006 02:51 PM

I was just going to chime in on the a vs an thing but you all beat me to it.

If it sounds like a vowel go with an and if not use a.

Don't forget "i" before "e" except after "c" or when sounded like "A" as in meighbor and weigh... :)

04-07-2006 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maureen Tauriello
I was just going to chime in on the a vs an thing but you all beat me to it.


...you know this topic is almost seven months old, right?


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