A v. An

This is one of my biggest grammar pet peeves.

See, “a” is supposed to be used when the next letter starts with a consonant: I took a trip.

“An” is supposed to be used when the next letter is a vowel: I have an objective.

I’ve seen people write “an history” too many times to count, and it drives me nuts. How do people not know what seems to be a simple rule? Although, now that I’m thinking about it, it might be because “h” is sometimes silent. Or it might just be the way people pronounce it when speaking.

Any thoughts on this? Do you have any grammar pet peeves?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s