Why an instead of a, in "an hour"?
Topic: Why an instead of a, in "an hour"?
April 22, 2019 / By Thomasina Question:
I'm helping my daughter with her homework and she asks me:
Why do we say "an hour"? We say a horse, a house, why is hour different?
Help me, is there any logic or rules?
Best Answers: Why an instead of a, in "an hour"?
Rose | 5 days ago
We use "an" rather than "a" before any word that starts with a vowel SOUND, not necessarily with a vowel. "Hour" is an example of this (as is honest, honorable, etc.) because the "h" is not sounded.
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Originally Answered: I'm doing homework right now at this hour, what about you?
I'm an hour ahead of you, it's my night off, I'm wasting it on the computer,-I wanna get out of the house, I got plenty of cash but I don't drive, nothings open, no gf, no one to go out with,.... (I WISH I could say I'm doing homework!-the last time I did homework was about 20 yrs ago)
Yes, there is logic to it. The 'h' is silent in hour, but not horse, house, and so on. Anytime the 'h' is silent, we treat that word as though it starts with a vowel.
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Because the rule is not if a vowel follows, it's if a vowel sound follows. Many people don't know this and incorrectly use 'an' when 'a' should be used, vise-versa.
For one example... most people would say, "I drive an SUV."
Although it sounds better, the proper way is to say, "I drive a SUV."
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The reason is simple. The h in hour is silent h l You don't pronounce it.Hence the o is distinctly pronounced
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