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After years of, I present to you, vindication! Reprinted directly from the daily Common Errors in English Usage email:

historic: an historic vs. a historic

You should use “an” before a word beginning with an H only if the H is not pronounced: “An honest effort.” It's properly “a historic event” though many sophisticated speakers somehow prefer the sound of “an historic,” so that version is not likely to get you into any real trouble.

katrinarr katrinarr

AWESOME!!! It has always bothered me when I write, "an hour" because it sounds correct, but was told by a teacher it wasn't. HALLELUJAH!

Katie Katie

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